Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Partners to Develop Youth Programs

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The Bureau of Reclamation will make multiple awards for youth conservation and youth intern master cooperative agreements for its youth partnership programs.

Members of the Northwest YouthCorps thin out trees and shrubs.

Members of the Northwest YouthCorps thin out trees and shrubs on Reclamation land near Lake Cascade in Idaho, improving habitat and reducing the risk of wildfires.

Since 2010 Reclamation has entered into more than 15 cooperative agreements. Reclamation has leveraged $1.5 million in federal funding with $1.4 million in partner cost-share to support almost $3 million in projects or about 800 youth opportunities.

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking interested non-profit organizations and conservation corps to enter into master cooperative agreements for its youth conservation and youth intern partnership programs.

Although these agreements are not attached to any funding and no amount of funding is guaranteed, the agreements cover five years and expedite the process for awarding funding for youth programs when projects becomes available.

Since 2010, under previous five-year agreements, Reclamation has entered into more than 15 cooperative agreements with several youth organizations in its 17 western state jurisdiction. Reclamation has leveraged $1.5 million in federal funding with $1.4 million in partner cost-share to support almost $3 million in projects or about 800 youth opportunities.

Youth Partnerships represent an important part of Reclamation's efforts to engage the next generation under the Department of the Interior and Obama Administration's efforts to re-connect youth to the outdoors.

Reclamation is seeking to award multiple agreements under the following two new funding opportunity announcements:

1. Youth Conservation Master Cooperative Agreements
Reclamation is seeking non-profit organizations and conservation corps who have the capability to involve young people between 15 and 25. The individuals will perform conservation projects on Reclamation lands and also assist Reclamation in performing research and public education tasks associated with natural and cultural resources.

You can learn more about this funding opportunity announcement at http://www.grants.gov and search for opportunity number R16-FOA-DO-002. Applications are due Nov. 6, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. MST.

2. Youth Intern Master Cooperative Agreements
Reclamation is seeking non-profit organizations to leverage federal resources by cost-sharing the recruitment and placement of youth interns, in an effort to build understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources; further the development and maintenance of these resources; prepare the next generation for the responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources; and provide relevant work experiences in Reclamation's operations.

You can learn more about this funding opportunity announcement at http://www.grants.gov and search for opportunity number R16-FOA-DO-001. Applications are due Nov. 6, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. MST.

Master cooperative agreements are not attached to funding and do not guarantee funding for task agreements. Master cooperative agreements may be awarded to all qualified and eligible entities that apply. The master cooperative agreements would streamline the process for Reclamation working with the partner.

Partnering entities must provide a minimum of 25 percent of the total project costs in funding or in-kind support. Reclamation will collaborate with recipients to create and manage individual projects.

To learn more about the Reclamation's youth program, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/youth.

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