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 four focus areas, although consideration will be given other projects that fall outside of these categories:
-Build healthy communities through parks, trails, and outdoor opportunities
-Conserve natural lands, rivers, and watersheds
-Engage youth in outdoor recreation and stewardship
-Strengthen the organizational capacity of project partners
NPS assistance is tailored to your 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.
Project applicants may be state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. National Parks and other Federal agencies may apply in partnership with other local organizations.
Please contact program staff as early as possible before the June 30 application deadline to discuss your proposed project and inform us of your intent to apply as this will help ensure the best possible request for assistance.
You are encouraged to consult with National Park Service staff about your proposal at least 30 days prior to the application deadline to ensure that the assistance provided is appropriate for your proposal and that your application is the best that it can be. Staff can help with application questions and assist with formulating an application.
By June 30, send completed application package via email to your National Park Service Regional Program Manager.
Applicants will be notified of decisions before November 1. Project start times will be coordinated with you.
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
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: Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA)