NPS Academy SCA Interns Spring Break Orientation

The summary for the NPS Academy SCA Interns Spring Break Orientation grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the National Park Service, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
NPS Academy SCA Interns Spring Break Orientation: 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 P15AS00066
Project Title NPS Academy Spring Break SCA Intern Orientations
Recipient Student Conservation Association
Principle Investigator / Program Manager Leslie Peabody
Total Anticipated Award Amount $345,766.00
Cost Share $14,407.00
New Award or Continuation? Continuation from P15AC00031 Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Length of Agreement From date of award until 3/31/2016
Anticipated Period of Performance From date of award until 3/31/2016
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


Cooperative Agreement Number P15AC00031 was entered into by and between the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), and The Student Conservation Association (SCA) for the placement of high school and college-aged individuals and other qualified persons who volunteer their services through the SCA in exchange for training and educational experience in resource management and conservation programs. Unless otherwise specified herein, the terms and conditions as stated in the Cooperative Agreement will apply to this Task Agreement.

The overall mission of the NPS Academy Spring Break Program is to Support the Secretary of Interior 21st Century Youth Conservation Corp Initiative which strives to energize youth involvement in public lands and create informed citizens and stewards of those lands. It is designed to get young people to aspire for careers in the National Park Service while diversifying the overall workforce. While including college aged students 18-25 in the program, we are ensuring that we provide for the necessary training, career development and education of young people with a keen interest in the National Park Service.

The purpose of the Academies is to provide young adults from diverse backgrounds with an introduction to the National Park Service and the various employment opportunities within the service. The program will begin to build a pathway for students which will lead them to a career in natural or cultural conservation and preservation and will assist in creating the next generation of stewards. Students will then be assisted in securing relevant summer employment in participating parks throughout the Service.
A week long Spring Break Orientation Academy will be held in each of four Regions:
Intermountain Region Grand Teton Host Park
Southeast Region Great Smoky Mountains Host Park
Northeast Region National Parks of New York Harbor Host Park
Alaska Kenai Fjords Host Park

The Washington Office, Youth Programs Division will provide overall coordination of the program.

WASO Youth Programs will provide funding for the Academy Orientation week. Project funding will total $342,411.

Ten to Twenty Four college aged students will be recruited to participate in each regional Spring Break Orientation Program.


SCA agrees to:
1. To assist, promote, and stimulate public purpose such as education, job training, development of responsible citizenship, productive community involvement, furthering the understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources through the involvement of youth and young adults in care and enhancement of public resources.
2. Continue the long standing efforts of the NPS to provide opportunities for public service, youth employment, minority youth development and training, and participation of young adults in accomplishing conservation related work.
3. Recruit and hire youth and young adults from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
4. Manage and carry out administrative functions associated with the provision of services under this agreement.


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:

NPS agrees to:
1. To provide financial assistance in accordance with Article VI.
2. To provide general orientation to the NPS, park/site operations and its mission to Orientation participants.
3. To provide NPS technical representatives on site at each of the Academy sites to assist with specifics of the project as needed.


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 (P15AC00314) under Cooperative Agreement (P15AC00031) in the amount of $342,411.00 with a period of performance from date of award until 03/31/2016.


A. 54 USC 101702(a) previously 16 U.S.C. 1g authorizes the NPS to enter into cooperative agreements that involve the transfer of NPS appropriated funds to state, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations for the public purpose of carrying out National Park Service programs.

B. 16 U.S.C. 1723(c) authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with any qualified youth or conservation corps to perform appropriate conservation projects referred to in subsection (d) of section 1723. The Secretary may also authorize appropriate conservation projects and other appropriate projects to be carried out on Federal, State, local, or private lands as part of disaster prevention or relief efforts in response to an emergency or major disaster declared by the President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.).
Federal Grant Title: NPS Academy SCA Interns Spring Break Orientation
Federal Agency Name: National Park Service
Grant Categories: Community Development Education Environment Natural Resources Regional Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: P15AS00066
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.931
CFDA Descriptions: Conservation Activities by Youth Service Organizations
Current Application Deadline: Apr 3, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Apr 3, 2015
Posted Date: Mar 23, 2015
Creation Date: Mar 23, 2015
Archive Date: Apr 6, 2015
Total Program Funding: $342,411
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $342,411
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

National Park Service 303-898-9819
Similar Government Grants
Archeological Research Associates
Park Cultural Landscapes Program Multiple Media Intern
Every 4th Grade Student to a National Park
Rehabilitate Two Foot Bridges in Prince William Forest Park
Resource Stewardship and Interpretive Interns at Lewis and Clark NHP
National Park Service-Recovery Act-Rehabilitate three trails at Isle Royale National Park
National Park Service-Recovery Act-Rehabilitate Trails at Isle Royale National Park
Opportunity NPS-09WASO-00001
More Grants from the National Park Service
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Area
Essex National Heritage Area
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area
Susquehanna National Heritage Area is not endorsed by, or affiliated with, any government agency. Copyright ©2007-2020