Grant Applications

The National Park Foundation funds grants and programs that meet the priorities and critical needs across our National Park System. The National Park Foundation accepts applications from ALL National Park System units, affiliated areas, regional, service and program offices, National Heritage Areas, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Historic Landmarks and National Trails. Although applications must be submitted by a National Park Service staff person, successful parks may direct a grant to a partner organization for a collaborative project.

The National Park Foundation is proud to offer national parks the unique opportunity to apply for grants and programs to support their needs. Please check back often to see the latest NPF programs available for applications.

America's Best Idea

Now entering its sixth year, the America’s Best Idea grants program is an NPF signature program meant to engage diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspire participants to become stewards of our national park system. The original goal of the program was to capitalize on the 2009, 12-hour Ken Burns film, The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea, as a catalyst for connecting under-represented audiences with their national parks. This program has evolved into a successful model for national parks to engage multi-cultural, multi-ethnic groups of all ages, and to inspire their future stewardship of our national parks. At its core, it is a community engagement program with an emphasis on underserved youth.

To apply for a grant click here.
Grant applications due: Friday, March 21, 2014
Questions? Contact Carolyn Hill, at 202-354-6471 or by email at

Ticket To Ride

One of the greatest barriers preventing our youth from experiencing the national parks around them is lack of transportation and funding for activities. The goal of the Ticket to Ride program is to provide efficient transportation support for over 100,000 students to visit our national parks annually and to engage the youth in meaningful activities once there. Once in the parks, a world of learning unfolds as young people discover their natural, cultural and historical heritage, participate in volunteer and service-learning activities, enjoy recreational opportunities and most importantly, begin a lifelong relationship with their national parks.

To apply for a grant click here
Grant applications due: Friday, April 18, 2014
Questions? Contact Katherine Chesson, at 202-354-6479 or by email at