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2020 Department of Defense Legacy Park Rx Awards

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment and the Natural Resources Program, will fund Park Rx projects on military lands that are open to the public for recreation. The 2020 DoD Legacy Park Rx Awards will provide up to $2,000 for participation in the National Park Service’s Park Rx Day on or around Saturday, April 25, 2020. DoD Legacy Park Rx Day hosts will curate events to engage service members, their families, retirees, and veterans in activities that promote stewardship, leadership, and partnership in the historic preservation of military lands while connecting people to nature for health benefits. Eligible projects will incorporate activities that promote safety and occupational health; physical, social, and emotional health; and/or environmental health. Successful applications will incorporate health promotion activities that support military readiness and the military mission using NEEF’s Public Lands Engagement: Health and Wellness in Nature.

Applications for the 2020 DoD Legacy Park Rx Awards are due by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Award details are listed below.


Applicants must be:

  • a Department of Defense installation site that is open to the public for recreation, including lands managed by the US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, or Navy. Lands managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers are not eligible for Award funds;
  • registered on the National Park Service Park Rx Day website.

Applicants must propose a project that:

  • Takes place in April or May. Preference will be given to those who host events on National Park Rx Day: Saturday, April 25, 2020.
  • Describes a needed and well-thought-out project that can be completed by the end of May.
  • Incorporates messaging and an activity from NEEF’s Public Lands Engagement: A Focus on Health & Wellness into the proposed projects (link will be provided on application).
  • Describes the purpose and benefits of the proposed project to the military installation, including why the activity is needed, what the post-grant benefits will be, and how the proposed project will support the readiness of America’s military installations.  
  • Describes how health education and health promotion will be integrated into the proposed event, and how the applicant will educate and engage the volunteers/installation community on the healthful benefits of nature. Drawing from NEEF’s Public Lands Engagement: Health & Wellness in Nature (further information on application), the applicant will be expected to lead a health-related activity during the event.
  • Describes the project team, including partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, health care organizations, or others involved in the proposed project. Applicants should detail the roles and involvement of each organization cited in the application. 
  • Presents an appropriate and detailed project budget.

Applicants interested in partnering with a nearby National Park should use the Park Finder search function on the NPS website.


Award funds may NOT be used for:

  • Lobbying, propaganda, or attempting to influence legislation
  • Influencing the outcome of any specific election by any means
  • Covering budget shortfalls, general support, or endowment funds
  • Land acquisition or real estate purchases
  • Giveaways or gift items, such as t-shirts
  • Purchasing food*
  • Paying for labor or salary costs
  • Scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals
  • Any costs not directly related to the funds requested in the proposal

Purchasing items required to complete work (e.g., small tools, garden gloves, etc.) is allowable. 

*Federal funds cannot be used to pay for food or beverages unless doing so is reasonable and necessary (i.e., providing water at an outdoor event where there is no other source of water).


NEEF prefers that Park Rx events take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Alternate dates are permitted; however, all projects must be completed by mid-May.

  • Application Opens: January 29, 2020
  • Application Closes: February 19, 2020
  • Grant Period: April to May 2020
  • Final Report Due: June 30, 2020

2020 Park Rx Day DoD Award Applications are only accepted through NEEF's online system. Follow these steps to register and begin your application:

  1. Click here to apply.
  2. You will be taken to a login page. If you have not created an account from a previous NEEF award, select Create New Account. If you have already created an account with NEEF, skip to step 4.
  3. Follow the instructions to create your account. You will be asked to provide your contact information as the account holder and the contact information for your organization’s representative. Contact information supplied in the User Information section should reflect the individual who will be directly handling the application process for your organization. In the Organization Information section, we recommend that you include the contact information of the person in charge of your installation site or office. This would be the person who is authorized to sign off on items such as Award Agreements.
  4. Upon creating an account, you will be taken to your home screen. To start your application, click Apply in the menu on the left. You will be taken to a list of NEEF awards and funding opportunities. Select 2020 Park Rx Day DoD Awards.
  5. Complete the application. Remember:
    1. You can save the application and return later.
    2. Pay close attention to character limits. These limits include spaces!
  6. Once you have completed the application and uploaded all attachments, click Submit Form to complete your application. If you do not click Submit Form, you will not have completed your application. You will be directed to a confirmation screen upon submitting.

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