The 2014 Challenge Cost Share Program, a partnership between the National Park Service and The Outdoor Foundation, supports projects that promote urban outreach, youth engagement and connecting people to the outdoors.
Twenty projects were selected from 187 applications, and awarded nearly $400,000 that will be matched by an additional $885,000 in direct and in-kind contributions from recipients. A total of 14,000 youth are expected to be engaged through the program.
The initiative requires a 1:1 match by the local recipient - resulting in greater financial leverage and impact. In addition, the Outdoor Foundation is actively seeking additional support for the selected projects. Program priorities include:
- Urban Outreach: Projects to promote active healthy living, restore or conserve community natural and cultural assets, or promote close-to-home access to recreation within an urban setting.
- Youth Engagement: Projects to engage youth participants to play, learn, serve, and work associated with National Park Service sites and programs.
- Connecting People to the Outdoors: Projects to enhance tangible and/or intangible access to the outdoors that provide increased outdoor recreation opportunities.