Grant Applications

Important Update

Thank you for your interest in National Park Foundation (NPF) grants. NPF has transitioned to a new grants management database and our previous online application system is no longer available. Please reach out to your NPF program contact or [email protected] for instructions on how to register in the new system. Please be reminded that this system is open to National Park Service units and existing NPS partners only.


ParkVentures and Junior Ranger Angler

In collaboration with the National Park Service, this is a call for proposals for two National Park Foundation programs – ParkVentures and Junior Ranger Angler. Each program is described below. The application questions and maximum award amount are the same for each program. You will be asked to select which program you are applying for and you may submit one application for each program (two applications in total). This RFP is open to all units and programs of the National Park Service as well as partner organizations. Indigenous groups and organizations led by people of color are especially encouraged to apply. Please see the request for proposals here.

The National Park Foundation (NPF) works with national parks and partner organizations to engage all in the wonder of our national parks and to inspire a life-long love of the outdoors, recreation and exploration. The ParkVentures program is intended to eliminate barriers, promote access, and cultivate connections to the social, mental and physical health benefits for individuals and communities who face challenges in authentically and joyfully embracing their own national park experience.

The Junior Ranger Angler program, where anyone young at heart can earn their Junior Ranger Angler badge, inspires young people to catch their first fish and encourages families to enjoy the vast recreational opportunities of the national parks. This grant opportunity specifically supports connecting children and families in their local communities with fishing activities in their national parks.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women's History in the Pacific West

The National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF) invite scholars no more than three years beyond their doctorate to apply for a two-year fellowship. NPS, in partnership with NPF, recently funded research into stories of women associated with the National Park System. NPS now begins preparations to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, including women’s stories related to the meaning of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This fellowship, funded by the NPF, will be directed by the NPS regional office in San Francisco, CA. The scope includes parks from Washington to California, Nevada, Idaho, Hawai'i, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Fellowship will extend from October 2021 – September 2023. For instructions on how to apply for this opportunity, please see the request for proposals here


Production of Interpretive Film

The National Park Foundation (NPF) accepts proposals to this Request for Proposal announcement (RFP) for the Production of Interpretive Film to support the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Please see the request for proposals here.

Proposal Deadline: 10:00 a.m. EST, Friday, June 25, 2021

The National Park Foundation (NPF) is the official charitable non-profit partner to the National Park Service (NPS). In partnership with NPS, NPF is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals to produce an interpretive film to support the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (FRDO), a unit of the National Park System. NPF seeks proposals from individuals, teams, and production companies with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The Contractor will be an independent contractor and not an employee of NPF or NPS.

The selection of a Contractor will ensure NPS and NPF engage with industry leaders to develop and produce the film. Once produced, the film will revitalize and improve the visitor experience and orientation to the Park. It will introduce visitors to Frederick Douglass's life and incorporate thematic content relevant to the legacy of freedom and justice in the world.

NPS and NPF will jointly recruit the Contractor. The Contractor will coordinate with the FRDO assigned NPS Project Manager and report directly to NPF’s Project Manager, Cultural Resources.

Proposal Evaluation: All proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the NPF and NPS. Selection will be based on the offeror’s ability to meet and exceed project requirements and required outcomes. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed for further consideration.

Questions: Submit all inquiries via e-mail no later than 10:00 a.m. EDT on June 2, 2021. A response will not be provided for questions received after this deadline. If questions reference a specific part of the RFP, please include the page numbers and item numbers.  

Responses: Answers to all questions will be available from the NPF as a Question and Answer (Q & A) document by 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 4, 2021.  

Q & A Document: In order to receive the Q & A document (even if you did not submit a question), you must request the document and provide your e-mail address no later than 10:00 a.m. EDT on June 2, 2021. Submit your request via e-mail to [email protected].

The NPF is the sole point of contact on all business and administrative matters concerning this RFP.  Inquiries, questions, and all correspondence concerning this RFP shall be submitted via e-mail to Angel Thompson, Project Manager, Cultural Resources, The National Park Foundation ([email protected])


Service Corps Evaluation Partner

In partnership with the Public Lands Service Coalition, the National Park Foundation is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals for an Evaluation Partner from experienced individuals or companies with diverse backgrounds and experiences to support a three year evaluation project to assesses the impact of our conservation service corps programs and the corps members. Please see the request for proposals here.


Facilities Project Management Consultant

In partnership with the City of Selma, Alabama, and the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals for a Facilities Project Management Consultant from experienced individuals and companies with diverse backgrounds and experiences to support project management at the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail’s (SEMO), Selma Interpretive Center. Please see the request for proposals here.


Field Trip Grants 

The National Park Foundation is not actively accepting grant proposals at this time. Please check back for future opportunities.