Challenge Cost Share

To increase participation by qualified partners in the preservation and improvement of NPS natural, cultural, and recreational resources in all authorized Service programs and activities.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Awards made to organizations that issued sub awards through a separate grant application process.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Funds were awarded to a non-profit organization as a pass-through organization to distribute sub-awards. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program supports small-scale partnership projects with units of the National Park System, NPS centers and program areas, and National Trails.

All projects and activities receiving these funds must meet a minimum 50:50 match of cash, goods, or services from a non-Federal source.

Applications must be approved by appropriate NPS park, program, center, or trails staff.

All projects and activities receiving these funds must meet a minimum 50:50 match of cash, goods, or services from a non-Federal source.

Applications must be approved by appropriate NPS park, program, center, or trails staff.

The maximum CCS award is $30,000.

For more specific information contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, or tribal government or other public entity, an educational institution, or a private nonprofit organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public, trail system users, and organizations with conservation missions.


Equal or greater eligible non-Federal contribution with appropriate letter(s) of partner commitment documenting match, and approval of supporting NPS unit, center, program, or trail staff. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Contact Regional/Trail offices for more specific application information.

Some projects may be subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is 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 announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or the Challenge Cost Share project (CCSP) application can be used as the initial Partnership Agreement to establish the relationship and the intent of the partnership. If CCSP funds are transferred directly to a partner, a cooperative agreement or other instrument will be utilized.

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response announcements on 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.


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


54 U.S.C. ß101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds, and; 54 USC ß101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority.

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 and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact.


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.


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: The non-Federal contribution(s) is at least 50% of the CCSP share and all costs detailed in the budget. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are expected to be completed in one year, but can be extended based on the complexity of the project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the headquarters or regional office.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.

The SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Program Performance Report.


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.


Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $377,199; FY 17 est $400,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $1,0000.00 - $25,000.00 (subawards) Average: $20,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Charlie Stockman National Park Service, National Challenge Cost Share Coordinator, 1201 Eye St., NW, 9th Floor , Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: Phone: 202) 354-6907 Fax: (202) 371-5179.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on

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