U.S. Department of the Interior - National Park Service (NPS)
In-kind support to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, tribes, government agencies, and citizen groups for projects related to outdoor recreation and natural resources conservation. Applicants must contact the appropriate regional office before submitting an application.
The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (RTCA) supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. NPS’s network of conservation and recreation planning professionals can partner with community groups, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and government agencies to realize your conservation and outdoor recreation vision by providing a range of services. National Park Service staff can share their expertise to help your team turn an idea into reality. No monetary grants are made.
NPS projects typically fall within five focus areas, although consideration will be given other projects that fall outside of these categories:
- Build healthy communities through parks, trails, and outdoor opportunities: Improve access to outdoor recreation and park amenties on land and water that support healthy lifestyles for all users
- Conserve natural lands, rivers, and watersheds: Strengthen the conservation and stewardship of public lands, waterways, and wildlife habitat
- Engage youth in outdoor recreation and stewardship: Connect young people to the outdoors to develop a lifelong appreciation of recreation and nature
- Strengthen the organizational capacity of project partners: Develop and strengthen effective and sustainable community organizations and partner groups
- Support National Park Service and community networks: Facilitate strategic planning and collaboration between national parks and communities to achieve shared goals
NPS assistance is tailored to each organization's needs. Examples of the types of assistance NPS provides are listed below.
-Define project vision and goals
-Inventory and map community resources
-Identify and analyze key issues and opportunities
-Engage collaborative partners and stakeholders
-Design community outreach and participation strategies
-Develop concept plans for trails, parks, and natural areas
-Set priorities and build consensus
-Identify funding strategies
-Develop a sustainable organizational framework to support the project
-Create project management and strategic action plans
-Coaching teams, groups, and partnership networks
Applications for support from the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program are competitively evaluated based on the following criteria:
-The project has specific goals and results for conservation and outdoor recreation expected in the near future.
-Roles and contributions of project partners are significant and well-defined.
-There is evidence of broad community support for the project.
-The project fits with the NPS areas of focus (although proposals falling outside these areas are considered).
GrantWatch ID#: 181356
NPS offers this assistance on an annual basis with extensions based on mutual agreement.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please email your completed application to the Program Manager for your region and state:
Paul Clark, Program Manager
Pacific West Region (California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam):
Barbara Rice, Program Manager
Intermountain Region (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming)
Attila Bality, Acting Program Manager
Midwest Region (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnestota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin):
David Thomson, Program Manager
Southeast Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands):
Deirdre Hewitt, Program Manager
National Capital Region (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia in counties along the Potomac River):
K Lynn Berry, Program Manager
Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Isalnd, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia):
Helen Mahan, Program Manager
For local region contacts, see here: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/rtca/contactus.htm#programleaders
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA)