National Park Service Conservation, Protection, Outreach, and Education

To support projects complementary to National Park Service program efforts in resource conservation and protection, historical preservation and environmental sustainability.

These projects may include but are not limited to research, education, outdoor recreation and community outreach and safety.


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objectives include promoting the use of culturally diverse resources and environmental advocacy in collaboration and cooperation with state, tribal, and local governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Funded projects were complementary to National Park Service program efforts in resource conservation and protection, historical preservation and environmental sustainability.

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.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Delta State University (inc) $ 12,420   2018-08-172019-12-31
Arkansas Humanities Council Inc $ 15,500   2018-09-152019-09-15
Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield Commission, Inc. $ 8,029   2017-08-142018-09-30
Mississippi Heritage Trust Incorporated $ 25,000   2017-08-152018-09-30
Archives And History, Mississippi Department Of $ 0   2016-09-192018-09-19
Cal State L.a. University Auxiliary Services, Inc. $ 35,000   2017-06-202018-06-30
Alcorn State University Educational Building Corporation, The $ 8,256   2016-08-292018-06-01
Vicksburg-warren County Chamber Of Commerce Community Fund Inc $ 16,292   2015-10-012017-12-31
North Dakota State University $ 0   2011-09-302017-10-01
Cutwell 4 Kids $ 10,000   2017-07-172017-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Over 100 projects were funded under this program. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Applications must be for projects within the National Park Service area of responsibility.

The Secretary of the Interior must determine that appropriations for the purpose of cooperative management of projects are available and an agreement is in the best interests of the United States.

Funds may not be used for acquisition of real property.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Profit organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, and State, local and tribal governments, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, engineers, and the general public.


Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed project. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Due to limited availability of funds to support new external projects, consultation with NPS is strongly recommended prior to submission of applications.

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

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. 101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 U.S.C. 200103(g)(1) Outdoor Recreation of Programs, Research and Education.

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. Generally 30 ? 120 days.


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: Recipients may share some project or program costs. The cost-sharing arrangements are developed between NPS and the recipients in advance of the program unless otherwise stated by Congress. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Depends on project complexity. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment or draw down as needed throughout the award period in accordance with the approved budget for immediate needs.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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.

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



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $32,401,414; FY 17 est $30,000,000; and FY 18 est $20,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $2,000.00 - $925,000.00 Average: $67,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Heidi Sage National Park Service, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway , Lakewood, Colorado 80228 Email: Phone: 303-969-2065

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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