U.S. Department of the Interior: Southwest Border Resource Protection Program
The Southwest Border Resource Protection Program (SWBRPP) provides financial assistance to improve resource stewardship, achieve international cooperation, provide meaningful interpretation, and conduct scientific research, which will lead to increased appreciation and understanding of shared natural and cultural heritage along the international border with Mexico.
Several National Parks located along the U.S. border with Mexico have recently experienced serious resource damage due to illegal cross border activities including drug traffickers and undocumented persons traversing the parks. Other national park units within the desert southwest have also experienced impacts to their natural and cultural resources. Thousands of miles of unauthorized roads and trails have been created, major ecological processes and the migration patterns of wildlife have been disrupted, important historic sites have been vandalized, and archaeological sites have been looted. Program funding is available for conducting scientific research and monitoring of species, as well as conservation, interpretation, and preservation projects designed to help protect and preserve natural and cultural resources located near or along the international border.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to work closely with at least one of ten National Park Service (NPS) units located near the international border in the formulation of the project. These parks include Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Big Bend National Park, Amistad National Recreation Area, Palo Alto National Historic Site, Padre Island National Seashore, Saguaro National Park, Tumacacori National Historical Park, Chamizal National Memorial, Coronado National Memorial, and Chiricahua National Monument.
Project categories include:
- Education/Interpretation/Information Sharing
Amount: Approximately $275,000 is available to make 5-10 awards ranging from $10,000-$50,000.
Eligibility: Educational institutions, non-profit organizations, state and local governments, and tribal governments.
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