Conservation Activities by Youth Service Organizations

To utilize qualified youth or conservation corps to carry out appropriate conservation projects which the Secretary is authorized to carry out under other authority of law on public lands.



Work cooperatively with the NPS on cultural and natural resource related conservation projects

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such as trail development and maintenance, historic, cultural, interpretation, forest and timber management, minor construction work, archaeological conservation, and native plant habitat restoration and rehabilitation.

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



Continue the longstanding efforts of the NPS to provide opportunities for public service, youth employment, minority youth development and training, and participation of young adults in accomplishing conservation-related work.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Youth corps volunteers and member completed site improvement projects throughout the National Park Service.

Fiscal Year 2017: No information available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No information 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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

Alaska Region, John Morris, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503; Telephone: (907) 644-3372.

Northeast Region, Kelly Fellner, 14 Beacon Street, Room 503, Boston, MA 02108; Telephone: (617) 227-9963.

Midwest Region, Phyllis Cremonini, 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102; Telephone: (402) 661-1638; National Capital Region Wendy O?Sullivan, 110 Ohio Drive S.W., Washington, DC 20242; (202) 619-7492, Intermountain Region, Nathan Souder, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Denver, CO 80225-0287; Telephone: (303) 969-2319, Southeast Region, Priscilla Nalls, Atlanta Federal Center, 100 Alabama Street S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303; Telephone: (404) 562-5633, Pacific West Region, Charles H.

Thomas, 805-370-2329.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Student Conservation Association, Inc., The $ 11,167   2018-04-142023-04-13
Student Conservation Association, Inc., The $ 12,654   2019-06-202019-09-23
North Cascades Institute $ 8,925   2018-07-232019-08-31
American Conservation Experience $ 84,000   2018-09-012019-07-31
Arkansas Humanities Council Inc $ 16,500   2018-08-282018-09-30
Great Basin Institute, The $ 75,280   2011-05-012015-12-31
Student Conservation Association, Inc., The $ 18,532   2013-04-022015-12-31
Chicago Horticultural Society $ 18,500   2010-04-152015-09-30
Dawson, Nancy J $ 18,220   2014-07-092015-09-30
Colorado Youth Corps $ 20,600   2010-04-212015-04-21



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Various youth conservation corps received funding to carry out conservation, education and training on NPS lands with 5,120 participants. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is to be used by organizations to support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources while working with the NPS to accomplish particular projects.

The availability of discretionary funding is determined by various units and program offices of the NPS each fiscal year.

Funding is to be used by organizations to support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources while working with the NPS to accomplish particular projects.

The availability of discretionary funding is determined by various units of the NPS each fiscal year.

Funding is to be used by organizations to support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources while working with the NPS to accomplish particular projects.

The availability of discretionary funding is determined by various units of the NPS each fiscal year.

Funding is to be used by organizations to support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources while working with the NPS to accomplish particular projects.

The availability of discretionary funding is determined by various units of the NPS each fiscal year.

For American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funded projects the requirements will be followed and incorporated, as necessary, within the opportunity announcement and agreement documents.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private nonprofit institutions and organizations, state and local government agencies and quasi-public nonprofit institutions and organizations that support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private nonprofit institutions and organizations, state and local government agencies and quasi-public nonprofit institutions and organizations that support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources; Individuals/Families; graduate students; general public, specifically, young people, minority groups, social and economically disadvantaged individuals will benefit from the education and skill development in the area of conservation as well as instilling a conservation ethics.

Credentials/Documentation

Documentation demonstrating that an organizations purpose is strongly related or solely for the purpose of youth/student education in a conservation oriented environment. Proof of past performance in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources and assistance to youth. If applying as a nonprofit organization, proof of nonprofit status will be required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response announcements on grants.gov are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

54 U.S.C. 101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 USC 101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority, and; 16 USC 1723(c)(1) Public Land Corp.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact.

Appeals

None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.

Renewals

Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Projects completed under the Public Land Corp (PLC) Act require a 25 percent nonfederal match (cash and/or in-kind services) for all entities except where an award is provided to a State government and on Indian Lands as defined in the PLC Act. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is provided on a project basis. Most projects are two to three months in duration depending on complexity and other factors. Some projects are as long as a year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

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.

Records

Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1042-0-1-303; 14-1035-1-1-303 - ARRA TAFS 14-1035 2009/2010.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $36,580,234; FY 17 est $30,000,000; and FY 18 est $20,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $1,000.00 - $1,000,000.00 Average: $30,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Alaska Region, John Morris, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503; Telephone: (907) 644-3372. Northeast Region, Kelly Fellner, 14 Beacon Street, Room 503, Boston, MA 02108; Telephone: (617) 227-9963. Midwest Region, Phyllis Cremonini, 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102; Telephone: (402) 661-1638; National Capital Region Wendy O?Sullivan, 110 Ohio Drive S.W., Washington, DC 20242; (202) 619-7492, Intermountain Region, Nathan Souder, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Denver, CO 80225-0287; Telephone: (303) 969-2319, Southeast Region, Priscilla Nalls, Atlanta Federal Center, 100 Alabama Street S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303; Telephone: (404) 562-5633, Pacific West Region, Charles H. Thomas, 805-370-2329.

Headquarters Office

George McDonald National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: george_mcdonald@nps.gov Phone: (202)513-7146 Fax: (202) 371-2263

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov, but will include: Qualifications of the organization or institution; The Secretary may give preference to qualified youth or conservation corps located in a specific area that have a substantial portion of members who are economically, physically, or educationally disadvantaged to carry out projects within the area. (3) Past performance in the area of youth conservation corps activities; (4)Organizations ability to reach undeserved and disadvantaged population groups; (5) Offering meaningful, full-time, productive work for individuals between the ages of 15 and 25 in a natural or cultural resource setting; (6) Giving participants a mix of work experience, basic and life skills, education, training, and support service; and (7) Providing participants with the opportunity to develop citizenship values and skills through service to their community and the United States.



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