2015 Groundwork USA Annual Assembly and Youth Summit

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2015 Groundwork USA Annual Assembly and Youth Summit: NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD

This Funding Announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service s intention to fund the following project activities without full and open competition.

Funding Announcement P15AS00075
Project Title 2015 Groundwork USA Annual Assembly and Youth Summit
Recipient Groundwork USA
Principle Investigator / Program Manager Anjali Chen
Total Anticipated Award Amount $30,000.00
Cost Share
New Award or Continuation? Continuation of Cooperative Agreement P15AC00034
Anticipated Length of Agreement From date of award until 930/2015
Anticipated Period of Performance From date of award until 930/2015
Award Instrument Cooperative Agreement
Statutory Authority 54 USC 101702(a)
CFDA # and Title 15.931 Youth Conservation Activities
Single Source Justification Criteria Cited (2) Continuation
NPS Point of Contact June Zastrow 303-987-6718 june_zastrow@nps.gov


Project Description: Groundwork USA is a national non-profit organization that coordinates, supports, and strengthens local Groundwork trusts operating across the United States. Each local trust is dedicated to renewing and restoring distressed neighborhoods through environmental projects and programs that bring local residents, government, youth, and businesses together. Groundwork trusts, which are independent non-profits, are established in places with an industrial past that have been largely left behind by economic growth in the last few decades. Groundwork was established in the United States through the leadership of the National Park Service s Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program and the USEPA Brownfields Program.

The Groundwork USA 2015 Annual Assembly and Youth Summit will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center, Denver, Colorado, from October 21 25, 2015. This is a unique event that will bring together environmental community development practitioners Executive Directors and youth crew leaders from the Groundwork Trusts across our national network, teens from distressed communities across the country who take part in the Groundwork Green Team program, non-profit partners, NPS employees and other Federal agencies. This summit will allow these people to learn best practices, share experiences, gain inspiration from one another, learn better ways of involving whole communities in environmental restoration and connect to the wider National Park System beyond their respective communities.


1. Provide transportation and accommodations for youth delegates to attend the Summit;
2. Have youth participants, youth leaders, and Executive Director representatives from the 20+ Groundwork trusts from across the country in attendance;
3. Present reports on the Groundwork NPS job training and service projects that have taken place across the country;
4. Organize workshops and presentations and assemble speakers and representatives for the Summit;
5. Organize a service learning project at Rocky Mountain National Park;
6. Handle all conference logistics; and
7. Provide supervision to the youth attendees.


Substantial involvement on the part the National Park Service is anticipated for the successful completion of the objectives to be funded by this award. In particular, the National Park Service will be responsible for the following:

1. Assist with funding transportation, accommodations and conference expenses for youth participants;
2. Provide speakers and presenters as appropriate;
3. Present information on project planning, policy, performance evaluation to the Groundwork attendees as appropriate;


Department of the Interior Policy (505 DM 2) requires a written justification which explains why competition is not practicable for each single-source award. The justification must address one or more of the following criteria as well as discussion of the program legislative history, unique capabilities of the proposed recipient, and cost-sharing contribution offered by the proposed recipient, as applicable.
In order for an assistance award to be made without competition, the award must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

(1) Unsolicited Proposal The proposed award is the result of an unsolicited assistance application which represents a unique or innovative idea, method, or approach which is not the subject of a current or planned contract or assistance award, but which is deemed advantageous to the program objectives;

(2) Continuation The activity to be funded is necessary to the satisfactory completion of, or is a continuation of an activity presently being funded, and for which competition would have a significant adverse effect on the continuity or completion of the activity;

(3) Legislative intent The language in the applicable authorizing legislation or legislative history clearly indicates Congress intent to restrict the award to a particular recipient of purpose;

(4) Unique Qualifications The applicant is uniquely qualified to perform the activity based upon a variety of demonstrable factors such as location, property ownership, voluntary support capacity, cost-sharing ability if applicable, technical expertise, or other such unique qualifications;

(5) Emergencies Program/award where there is insufficient time available (due to a compelling and unusual urgency, or substantial danger to health or safety) for adequate competitive procedures to be followed.

The National Park Service did not solicit full and open competition for this award based the following criteria:


This is a Task Agreement (P15AC00371) under Cooperative Agreement (P15AC00034) in the amount of $30,000.00 with a period of performance from date of award until 09/30/2015.


54 USC 101702(a) previously 16 USC 1g: Agreements for the Transfer of Appropriated Funds to Carry Out NPS Programs

16 USC 1721-1729: Public Land Corps
Federal Grant Title: 2015 Groundwork USA Annual Assembly and Youth Summit
Federal Agency Name: National Park Service
Grant Categories: Business and Commerce Community Development Education Employment Labor and Training Environment Food and Nutrition Humanities Natural Resources Regional Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: P15AS00075
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.931
CFDA Descriptions: Conservation Activities by Youth Service Organizations
Current Application Deadline: Apr 14, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Apr 14, 2015
Posted Date: Mar 31, 2015
Creation Date: Mar 31, 2015
Archive Date: Apr 16, 2015
Total Program Funding: $30,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $30,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Grant Announcement Contact
June Zastrow, 303-987-6718 June_Zastrow@nps.gov

National Park Service 303-898-9819
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