The REPI Challenge seeks to engage the private sector to access and tap unconventional and high-leverage sources of funding, attract additional philanthropic support, and take advantage of market-based approaches to advance program goals.The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program may provide up to $15 million in FY19 funding for land conservation or management activities that limit incompatible development in the vicinity of DoD installations and ranges, maintain or improve military installation resilience, or relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions in support of key capabilities identified in the National Defense Strategy. Selected projects will support the rebuilding of military readiness by protecting investments toward strategic power projection platforms deemed vital to the Department’s establishment of an unmatched innovation base.
The Endowment helps administer the application process for the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Challenge Program. REPI is an excellent example of collaborative partnerships that work to protect forests and other working lands in the vicinity of military installations. The program’s ideals align with those of the Endowment and showcase the ecological, social, and economic benefits of the collaborative, cost-sharing partnership investment model. The REPI Challenge Program, part of the larger REPI program, awards up to $5 million in one or two grants. It seeks to incentivize new business practices that preserve compatible land uses and conserve natural landscapes in support of military readiness. The REPI Challenge puts a premium on harnessing the creativity of the private sector to access and leverage unconventional sources of funding, attract philanthropic support, and take advantage of market-based approaches to land and resource conservation.
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