National Park Service Centennial Challenge

The National Park Centennial Initiative is an effort to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation, and public enjoyment.

Project efforts will improve parks and serve all Americans.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Reducing deferred maintenance on the Moccasin Bend Orientation Plaza and on two park trails at Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP, restoration of the Traverse Magazines at Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas NP, and rehabilitation of the Lower and Middle Emerald Pools Trails at Zion NP.

Fiscal Year 2018: Projects not yet selected.

Fiscal Year 2019: Projects not yet selected.


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.




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY 2017, the program received over 200 applications and funded 65 projects. Fiscal Year 2018: Project selection process is ongoing. Fiscal Year 2019: Project selection process is ongoing.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For the purpose of sharing costs or services in carrying out authorized functions and responsibilities of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to any unit or program of the National Park System through Centennial Challenge projects.

Yes, there must be a non-federal match of, at a minimum, 1:1.

100%.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Non-federal partners may include state agencies, Tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, private companies, and private individuals.

Non-federal partners are expected to match NPS Centennial Challenge Cost Share funds at or above 1:1 for their respective projects.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, private, public, profit, nonprofit organizations and institutions who are positioned to contribute at least 50 percent of the value of projects included in the list of approved Centennial Challenge projects.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals that support the goals of the NPS Centennial Challenge including commitment letters from partners demonstrating ability to contribute the required match and readiness to complete the project. Proposals include description of the project, proposed budget, commitments from recipients. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Proposals that support the goals of the NPS Centennial Challenge including commitment letters from partners demonstrating ability to contribute the required match and readiness to complete the project.

Proposals include description of the project, proposed budget, commitments from recipients.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications will be considered via an internal NPS system, PMIS. Interested parties should work with an NPS office to submit a project proposal.

Award Procedures

Proposals received are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with evaluation criteria A panel of NPS staff recommends projects to the NPS Director, who makes the final decision on project selection.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

54 U.S.C. 101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 USC 101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority; Public Law 110-161, Title I, Department of the Interior, Centennial Challenge; Public Law 114-289, Title I, Centennial Challenge Fund.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Projects eligible for funding are submitted up to 12 months in advance of funding determinations.

Appeals

None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.

Renewals

If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Yes. Have partner(s) who are ready, willing, and able to contribute at least 50% of the project cost to the NPS in the form of cash or assets from non-federal sources. In-kind services from the partner may only be received in addition to, not in place of, the 1:1 cash or asset contribution. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The project approval, execution and completion period is typically for a time period not to exceed 24 months. Specific requirements for project execution and completion are outlined in detailed project plans and budgets. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Cash reports are not applicable.

For projects under $100,000 the NPS will require a budget status update and project progress report on an annual basis.

Projects over $100,000 must submit quarterly reports to the Centralized Centennial Acquisitions and Financial Assistance Team.

All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with the use of Quarterly and Final Narrative Reports and the Financial Status Report SF-425.

Recipients are reimbursed by using ASAP.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report;.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-2645-0-1-303.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 17 $40,719; FY 18 est $995,272; and FY 19 est $995,272 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary) FY17 $40,719 FY18 $995,272 FY19 $995,272 FY18 and FY19 total is an estimate based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $20,090 Average: $20,090.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Lori Bianchet Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington , District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202 )513-7218

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposed projects and programs must: Provide for authorized activities that benefit one or more National Park System areas; require little or no additional recurring NPS operating or maintenance funds to be sustainable; and have partner(s) who will contribute at least 50% of the project cost to the NPS in the form of cash or assets from non-federal sources.



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