The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established both the PROTECT Formula and Discretionary Grant Programs. The PROTECT Discretionary Grants Program funds projects on a competitive basis that address the climate crisis by … Read more
The National Park Service’s RTCA program assists community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives, including conserving waters, preserving open space, and developing trails and greenways to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities. This is not a monetary grant program but NPS staff provide expertise to help community-led efforts by helping develop concept plans, design community outreach strategies, define project vision, engage collaborative partners and stakeholders, and other types of assistance.
Eligible projects fall under five focus areas:
- Build healthy communities through parks, trails, and outdoor opportunities
- Conserve natural lands, rivers, watersheds
- Engage youth in outdoor recreation and stewardship
- Strengthen the organizational capacity of project partners
- Support National Park Service and community networks
State, local, and tribal governments are eligible recipients, as well as local non-profit organizations.
Approx Annual Funding Amount
The program is funded at approximately $10,000 each year.
Cost Share Requirements
There are no cost-share requirements.
Applications are due on March 1st of every year. The application form and guidelines are available here.