2023 REPI Challenge RFP Released

The REPI Program is excited to launch the 2023 REPI Challenge process.  The REPI program will provide up to $40 million toward projects, with the primary focus on advancing efforts that preserve key mission capabilities of strategic importance to DoD, and enhance installation and range resilience to climate change and severe weather events (e.g., drought, increased wildfires, thawing permafrost).  The REPI program will allocate up to $25 million to projects that apply through the REPI Challenge process and up to $15 million to projects that apply through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Coastal Resilience Fund.

More information on the background, timing, and eligibility of the 2023 REPI Challenge can be found in the request for proposals and the pre-proposal form. Pre-proposals are due no later than Monday, July 25, 2022, at 8 PM EST.

2022 REPI Challenge

The focus for the 2022 REPI Challenge was on projects that promote land conservation or management activities that limit incompatible development, enhance military installation resilience to climate change and extreme weather events, or relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions at locations hosting key capabilities of strategic importance DoD.

The REPI Program was pleased to commit $31.6 million in program funds that will be coupled with more than $60.3 million in partner contributions to nine projects benefitting 13 installations and their neighboring communities.  Three of the selected projects are located in Hawaii (O'ahu, Kaua'i, and Hawai'i) and will help implement partnership efforts focused on improving coastal and forest resilience, which benefits long-term sustainability for local communities and the DoD mission.  Sentinel Landscapes also represent partnerships of strategic importance, and three of the selected projects are located within the Middle Chesapeake, Eastern North Carolina, and Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscapes and will contribute directly to the goals of the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership.  The full list 2022 REPI Challenge locations and their associated funding include:

  • Fort Huachuca, AZ. Climate resilience projects to manage drought impacts; $2.8 million
  • Naval Observatory Flagstaff & Camp Navajo, AZ. Climate resilience through wildfire mitigation; $1.0 million
  • Beale Air Force Base, CA. Compatible land protection; $3.6 million
  • Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, HI.  Climate resilience to mitigate flood impacts; $1.9 million
  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI.  Climate resilience through forest and watershed protection; $14.8 million
  • Pōhakuloa Training Area, HI.  Climate resilience through wildfire management; $2.4 million
  • Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. Living shoreline construction and coastal stabilization; $2.7 million
  • Fort Bragg, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC.  Climate resilience through analysis and conservation easement; $1.8 million
  • Naval Base Kitsap, WA.  Species conservation and recovery; $0.5 million

To date, the REPI Challenge has resulted in more than $120.6 million in REPI Program funds being leveraged with over $382.5 million in partner contributions to protect working lands, habitat, and open spaces at 38 locations nationwide. 

The 2022 REPI Challenge Fact Sheet summarizes REPI Challenge accomplishments to date and provides highlights for each of this year’s nine Challenge funding recipients.  To learn more about the nine REPI Challenge projects, read the full 2022 REPI Challenge Package.  The REPI Office hosted a webinar highlighting the REPI Challenge, as well as other available federal conservation and resilience funding opportunities on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.  To watch the recording from this webinar, please visit the REPI webinar page

Previous Years' Recipients

The REPI Challenge initiated its pilot effort in 2012 to offer funding for REPI buffer land transactions at eligible military bases. The Challenge's goals are to cultivate projects that conserve land at a greater scale, test promising ways to finance land protection, and harness the creativity of the private sector and market‐based approaches.