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 Uses

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

Eligible Recipients

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.

Application Cycle

Applications are due on March 1st of every year. The application form and guidelines are available here.


Regional Program Manager Contacts