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Challenge Cost Share Program U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Objective : Encourage partnerships with non-federal entities for projects that conserve, enhance and protect fish and wildlife resources both on and off refuge lands.

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Challenge Cost Share ProgramU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Objective: Encourage partnerships with non-federal entities for projects that conserve, enhance and protect fish and wildlife resources both on and off refuge lands.


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*Projects focus on restoration of natural resources, establishment of wildlife habitats and wildlife oriented recreational and education programs.

*Assists in conservation of coral reef ecosystems through protection and restoration of upland and wetland coastal habitats.


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Challenge Cost Share (CCS) funds are appropriated funds that may be used to pay for no more than 50% of the cost of CCS projects on or off Service lands. The remaining 50% must be provided by the non-federal source. A CCS agreement is prepared, normally for a one year period.


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Who is eligible? may be used to pay for no more than 50% of the cost of CCS projects on or off Service lands. The remaining 50% must be provided by the non-federal source. A CCS agreement is prepared, normally for a one year period.

Non-federal entities including state/local governmnents, private individuals/organizations, business enterprises, education institutions, non-profit organizations, and charitable groups.


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*Application deadlines announce on an annual basis. may be used to pay for no more than 50% of the cost of CCS projects on or off Service lands. The remaining 50% must be provided by the non-federal source. A CCS agreement is prepared, normally for a one year period.

*Interested parties should contact the local National Wildlife Refuge or other local Service office to design project.

*In FY 2003 1,400 partners provided $10.5 in in-kind and dollar matches. Projects ranged from $300 to $25,000 with the average project cost being $7,800.


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  • How are projects selected? may be used to pay for no more than 50% of the cost of CCS projects on or off Service lands. The remaining 50% must be provided by the non-federal source. A CCS agreement is prepared, normally for a one year period.

  • Regional Challenge Cost Share coordinator assembles committee of Service employees to review, rank and select projects.

  • * Proposals evaluated on lasting effect on conservation, scope of effect, number of partners, importance of resource values, feasibility and cost effectiveness.


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Project Examples may be used to pay for no more than 50% of the cost of CCS projects on or off Service lands. The remaining 50% must be provided by the non-federal source. A CCS agreement is prepared, normally for a one year period.

  • Restoration of wetland at Laguna Cartagena NWR

  • Restoration of subtropical dry forest at refuges in the Caribbean

  • Monitoring/inventories of coral reef ecosystems and the Navassa NWR

  • Development of interpretative trails

  • Restoration of endangered species habitat

  • Hyrdologic monitoring of watersheds


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Project Partners may be used to pay for no more than 50% of the cost of CCS projects on or off Service lands. The remaining 50% must be provided by the non-federal source. A CCS agreement is prepared, normally for a one year period.

  • Volunteer labor

  • Scientists

  • Local botanical gardens

  • Municipal/state governments

  • Local universities

  • Private landowners


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Agency Contact Information may be used to pay for no more than 50% of the cost of CCS projects on or off Service lands. The remaining 50% must be provided by the non-federal source. A CCS agreement is prepared, normally for a one year period.

Rob Kelsey

Regional CCS Coordinator

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

1873 Century Boulevard

Atlanta, Georgia 30345

[email protected]

404/679-7186

Susan Silander

Project Leader

Caribbean Islands NWR complex

P.O. Box 510

Boqueron, Puerto Rico

[email protected]

787/851-7258


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