Youth Conservation Program

To provide education and work opportunities to young people so they can gain a better understanding of Reclamation"s role in conserving water and power resources.

Additionally, this program provides opportunities for young people to be involved in conserving Reclamation"s natural and cultural
resources and recreational opportunities.

For Recovery Act (ARRA) funded projects, section 3 of Act states the following objectives in addition to the program objectives identified above: (1) To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery, (2) To assist those most impacted by the recession, (3) To provide investments needed to increase efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health, (4) To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits, and (5) To stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.

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.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: None to date. This program began in Fiscal Year 2010. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Not applicable.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to youth, veteran, or conservation corps that are able to involve youth ages 15-25 in the 17 Western United States and the Intern Program in Reclamation projects on a nation-wide basis.

A qualified service and conservation corps means any program established by a State, or local government, by the governing body of any Indian tribe, or by nonprofit organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Youth and local communities that benefit from conservation improvements and involvement in youth programs activities on Reclamation-owned lands and facilities.


Not applicable. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligible and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding opportunity announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding opportunity announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.


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


Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 , 16 U.S.C 1721-1730 ; Youth Conservation Corps Act of 1970, 16 U.S.C 1701-07.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information why their proposals were not selected for award.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. This program requires a nonfederal cost-share, through cash or in-kind services, of at least 25% of the total project costs.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements are generally awarded for five years, with a reassessment of program accomplishments on an annual basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report; and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

For Recovery Act projects, quarterly reporting is required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis the SF 425, Federal Financial Report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final SF 425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0680-0-1-301; 14-0681-0-1-301 - Recovery Act.


(Cooperative Agreements) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $100,000; FY 11 est $1,000,000. (Cooperative Agreements) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $1,000,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 to $1,000,000; average $700,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 43 CFR 12 and applicable Office of Management and Budget Circulars.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Wilson Orvis Bureau of Reclamation, Mail Code D-7800, P.O. Box 25007, Denver, Colorado 80225 Email: Phone: (303)445-2444

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Corps shall consist of individuals between ages of 16 and 25. The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with any qualified youth or conservation corps to perform appropriate conservation projects. For ARRA funded projects the purposes are, among others, to quickly and prudently commence activities that preserve and create jobs to promote economic recovery, and to invest in transportation, environmental projection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. To meet these purposes, Reclamation will allocate funds based on the criteria set forth in the Recovery Act and the accompanying conference report, and will target activities that quickly infuse money into the economy.

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