Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

Four young boys hiking.
Hikers enjoying fresh air along the New England National Scenic Trail near New York City.

Photo: National Park Service

Who May Apply

Project applicants may be state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. National Parks and other Federal agencies may apply in partnership with other local organizations.

How To Apply

  • Consult with community partners to build a broad base of support for your project idea.
  • Review the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) application. Please find an example of a completed application here. Helpful hint: Download the application to your local desktop, open the pdf in Adobe Acrobat, complete application, and save a hard copy of your application.
  • Please contact us as early as possible before the June 30 application deadline to discuss your proposed project and inform us of your intent to apply as this will help ensure the best possible request for assistance. We encourage applicants to consult with National Park Service staff about their proposal at least 30 days prior to the application deadline to ensure that our assistance is appropriate for your proposal and that your application is the best that it can be. Staff can help with application questions and assist with formulating an application. Remember - it's never too early to talk to us about your project for next year.
  • By June 30, send completed application package via email to your National Park Service Regional Program Manager.

Application Process and Timeline

We recommend consulting an NPS RTCA staff member prior to the application deadline to help identify how our expertise can complement your project and to answer questions regarding the application. Please see the contact list at the end of this document to identify the Program Manager who serves your state.

  • Application deadline: June 30

  • Email completed applications to the Program Manager who serves your state (see list at the end of the application)

  • Please include the following in your Application Package:

  1. Completed application form

  2. Site location map
  3. Commitment letters from 3 or more project partners

  4. Optional supplemental information that can help us learn more about your project (background

    documents, examples of media coverage, additional maps, list of links to resources, project photos, etc.)

  • Applicants will be notified of decisions before November 1.

  • Project start times will be coordinated with you.

Last updated: June 7, 2019