The Groundwork Program of the National Park Service (NPS) builds community capacity to improve the environmental, economic and social conditions in communities impacted by brownfields and derelict lands. It supports the establishment and early success of locally organized and led nonprofit organizations, called Groundwork Trusts, dedicated to carrying out the mission of the Groundwork network — “to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.”
Groundwork Trusts transform neglected land and waterways into community assets and lead programs that invest in people’s capacity to thrive, thereby increasing environmental, social and economic well-being while building community capacity. By advancing inclusive community engagement, Groundwork Trusts turn brownfields into parks, trails, gardens and greenways; restore urban waterways and water systems; create neighborhood infrastructure for active living; expand healthy food production and access; invest in the potential of young people and the local workforce; and lead inclusive planning efforts to realize equitable development outcomes. The Trusts create strong partnerships between municipal government, other agencies and organizations, neighborhood groups, schools, businesses, foundations, and individual residents to engage them in collaborative transformation of their community environments.
Groundwork USA (GW USA) is the national non-profit partner of the National Park Service that leads the development of the Groundwork Network and local Groundwork Trust organizations. Administered by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), the Groundwork Program is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program, which provides NPS with funds to implement the Groundwork Program under an Interagency Agreement. NPS partners with Groundwork USA to provide the funds to successful applicants and works with Groundwork USA to provide technical assistance to help selected communities create and sustain Trusts.
Funding is now in place to select a new community for the Groundwork Program. The selected community will be eligible for up to $200,000 in funding and technical assistance from the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Groundwork USA to plan, establish, and build the capacity of a Groundwork Trust organization in their community.
Groundwork USA is now accepting Letters of Interest from communities wishing to begin the process of applying for Groundwork USA program funding and technical assistance and to join the Groundwork Network. For complete details on the application and selection process, including eligibility requirements, submission details, and evaluation criteria: Download Call for Letters of Interest
For More Information about the solicitation and the February 27, 2018 Webinar: https://groundworkusa.org/groundwork-network/start-a-new-groundwork-trust/