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.


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.

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

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: A total of 141 awards were made in FY12. FY2013: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2013: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2014: No current data 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.

Contact Headquarters Office for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations may submit an application for support.

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

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 will ultimately benefit from knowledge gained under the program.


Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant"s qualifications for performance of the proposed project. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR Part 225 for State, local, and Indian Tribal governments; 2 CFR Part 220 for educational institutions; 2 CFR Part 230 for nonprofit organizations; and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2 for private firms, individuals, and other nonprofits excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 230. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102; 2 CFR Parts 215, 220, 225, and 230 apply to this program. These are typically individually evaluated and funded projects; there is no annual program announcement, prospectus or other invitation for applications. The standard application form SF 424 and other forms required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and 2 CFR Part 215, or their successor(s), and the Department of the Interior regulation at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and D, or its revisions. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be submitted through the internet site http// or as instructed by the Contracting Officer/Agreements Officer.

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is by receipt of a Cooperative Agreement from a National Park Service Contracting Officer/Agreements Officer.


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


16 U.S.C. 1g - Cooperative Agreements, Title 16 - Conservation, Chapter 1 - National Parks, Military Parks, Monuments, and Seashores, Subchapter 1 - National Park Service, Section 1g - Cooperative Agreements.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally, 30 - 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
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

Cooperative Agreements will normally be awarded in, but not restricted to, 12 month budget periods. 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.

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR Part 215 and OMB Circular No.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR Part 215 and OMB Circular No.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR Part 215 and OMB Circular No.



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.


Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12 and all other requirements specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement and Cooperative Agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $9,372,746; FY 13 est $11,500,000; and FY 14 est $11,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $2,000 to $925,000
Average: $66,473.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Recipients of awards will comply with the applicable regulations and OMB Circular and DOI Regulations governing Financial Assistance awards at 43 CFR Part 12.

For Cooperative Agreements awarded, cost will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225 for State and Local Governments; 2 CFR 220 for educational institutions; 2 CFR 230 for nonprofit organizations; and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2 for private foundations, firms, individuals, and other nonprofits excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-122.

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 criteria will be developed based on the objectives of individual projects and will be provided in Funding Opportunity Announcements. Generally, relevance to agency program mission and qualification of principle investigator and organization will be important to the acceptance of the proposals.

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