July 27, 2023

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Grants – Due March 31, 2024

U.S. Department of the Interior - National Park Service (NPS) grants provide in-kind support to nonprofit organizations, tribes, government agencies, and community groups for recreation and conservation projects throughout the country. Applicants must contact the appropriate regional office before submitting an application. The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (RTCA) supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

NPS projects typically fall within five focus areas, although consideration will be given other projects that fall outside of these categories:

  • Build healthy communities through parks, trails, and outdoor opportunities: Improve access to outdoor recreation and park amenities on land and water that support healthy lifestyles for all users 
  • Conserve natural lands, rivers, and watersheds: Strengthen the conservation and stewardship of public lands, waterways, and wildlife habitat 
  • Engage youth in outdoor recreation and stewardship: Connect young people to the outdoors to develop a lifelong appreciation of recreation and nature 
  • Strengthen the organizational capacity of project partners: Develop and strengthen effective and sustainable community organizations and partner groups 
  • Support National Park Service and community networks: Facilitate strategic planning and collaboration between national parks and communities to achieve shared goals

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