Youth Conservation

Promote and stimulate public purposes such as education, job training, development of responsible citizenship, productive community involvement, and furthering the understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources through the involvement of local youth and young adults in the care and

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enhancement of public resources.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Funded projects include National Fish and Wildlife Foundation America?s Great Outdoors grants, AmeriCorps Environmental Summer Stewards, Heart Butte and Jamestown Reservoir Boundary Fence and Habitat Improvement Project, Vegetation Fuels Management, Drought Resiliency Efforts at Various Watersheds in Montana, Trails Management, Water Quality and Hydrology Student Interns and Engineering Student Interns.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - None.


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
American Conservation Experience $ 249,464   2021-09-152026-09-14
Conservation Legacy $ 4,250   2019-11-042020-11-01
Conservation Legacy $ 95,326   2018-08-072019-06-30
American Youthworks $ 106,880   2016-09-152018-12-31
Great Basin Institute, The $ 60,452   2017-09-022018-06-30
Student Conservation Association, Inc., The $ 4,371   2017-06-282017-09-30
Great Basin Institute, The $ 30,529   2016-12-202017-06-30
Student Conservation Association, Inc., The $ 4,875   2014-08-072015-09-30
Student Conservation Association, Inc., The-$ 2,090   2012-09-052013-05-15
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: In 2015-16, the program accomplishments include providing work opportunities for over 264 diverse youth in cooperative efforts in cultural and natural resource conservation related to Reclamation projects, including trail building, habitat restoration of native plant and aquatic species; removing invasive plants; re-vegetation; and fuels reduction and creation of fuel breaks; installing wildlife friendly fencing; habitat improvement ? erosion control and wetland restoration; collecting and/or monitoring stream flows, snow pack, or soil moisture; implementing specific water conservation projects (i.e., flumes), and removal, repair, and reconstruction of boardwalks, railings, and campsite concrete pads. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Not applicable.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligibility for conservation activities is limited to qualified youth or conservation corps that are able to involve youth ages 15-25 in the 17 states west of the Mississippi river.

Eligibility for the Intern Program is limited to non-profit organizations other than institutions of higher education that are capable of recruiting qualified youth interns for positions located at Reclamation offices and facilities.

A qualified service and conservation corps means any program established by a State, or local government, by the governing body of any Indian tribe, or by a nonprofit organization that 1) is capable of offering meaningful, full-time, productive work for individuals between the ages of 16 and 30, inclusive, in a natural or cultural resource setting; 2) gives participants a mix of work experience, basic and life skills, education, training and support services; and 3) provides participants with the opportunity to develop citizenship values and skills through service to their community and the United States.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Youth and local communities that benefit from conservation improvements and involvement in youth programs activities on Reclamation-owned lands and facilities.


Not applicable. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Environmental compliance for this program by the Recipient is not required.

Reclamation will address all environmental compliance requirements prior to the start of activities funded under this program.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligible and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding opportunity announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding opportunity announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 (16 U.S.C. 1721-1730) and Youth Conservation Corps Act of 1970 (16 U.S.C. 1701-07).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 Days.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information why their proposals were not selected for award.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. This program requires a nonfederal cost-share, through cash or in-kind services, of at least 25% of the total project costs. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Master Cooperative Agreements are generally awarded for one to five years, with a reassessment of program accomplishment on an annual basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report; and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis the SF 425, Federal Financial Report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final SF 425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $0; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $4,000 to $500,000 Average: $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

.2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. None.

Headquarters Office

Robin Farrell Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office P.O. Box 25007, Denver, Colorado 80255 Email: Phone: (303)445-2632

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Corps shall consist of individuals between the ages of 16 and 30. The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with any qualified youth or conservation corps to perform appropriate conservation projects. The Secretary is also authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education) for the recruitment and placement of youth resource assistants (interns).

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