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The REPI Challenge

In 2020, the REPI Challenge focused on innovative projects that limit incompatible development, enhance military installation resilience, and/or relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions on military testing, training, or operations at locations hosting key capabilities outlined in the National Defense Strategy.

This year the REPI Program awarded $17.1 million in program funds to be coupled with over $142 million in partner contributions to implement seven projects.  By spreading funding across these seven projects, the 2020 REPI Challenge will be able to contribute to initiatives benefitting 11 installations and their communities across the country.  The locations and their associated REPI Challenge funding include:

  • Atlantic Test Ranges-Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD: 4,000 acres protected; $3.0 million
  • Fort Huachuca, AZ: 2,191 acres protected; $2.1 million
  • Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC: 2,100 linear feet of living shoreline created; $1.0 million
  • Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA: 16,082 acres protected; $5.0 million
  • Naval Weapons Station Earle, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, AEGIS Technical Representative, NJ National Guard Sea Girt, Warren Grove Gunnery Range, NJ: 1,600 acres restored to improve resilience; $1.9 million
  • Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, VA: 3.5 acres of shoreline restoration and stabilization; $1.0 million
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA: 24,247 acres protected; $3.0 million

The REPI Challenge awards funds on an annual basis to one or more projects that provide innovative approaches to protecting to the military mission.  This annual competition seeks to cultivate projects that conserve land at a greater scale, thereby helping the REPI Program meet its goals.  Since the initiation of the REPI Challenge in 2012, more than $73.3 million in REPI Program funds have been leveraged with over $300.1 million in partner contributions to protect over 532,000 acres of working lands, habitat and open spaces at 22 locations nationwide.

The REPI Program is also excited to launch the 2021 REPI Challenge process, which will again focus on projects that support key capabilities in the National Defense Strategy.  The request for proposal can be found here and the pre-proposal form can be found on the U.S. Endowment’s website.  Pre-proposals are due no later than Monday November 23, 2020.

More information on the REPI Challenge and the 2020 award is available in the 2020 REPI Challenge fact sheet.  The REPI Office will also be hosting a webinar highlighting some of this year’s winners on December 9, more information on how to register for the webinar can be found here.

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 marketā€based approaches.