2022 REPI Challenge RFP Released

The REPI program is excited to launch the 2022 REPI Challenge process. The primary focus of this year’s REPI Challenge will be projects that will help make key mission capabilities of strategic importance to DoD more resilient to climate change and severe weather events (e.g., coastal and inland flooding, sea level rise, drought, increased wildfires, thawing permafrost). Of the total $40 million available, up to $25 million may be allocated toward these climate resilient projects. The remaining $15 million may be allocated toward projects that promote land conservation or management activities limiting incompatible development or relieving current or anticipated environmental restrictions.

More information on the background, timing, and eligibility of the 2022 REPI Challenge can be found in the request for proposals and the pre-proposal form. Pre-proposals are due no later than Monday, November 22, 2021, at 8 PM EST.

2021 REPI Challenge

The focus for the 2021 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 to the Department of Defense.

The REPI Program was pleased to commit $15.6 million in program funds that will be coupled with nearly $21.6 million in partner contributions to seven projects benefitting 12 installations and their surrounding communities.  The locations and their associated REPI Challenge funding include:

  • U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii: Pohakuloa Training Area, Makua Military Reservation, and Schofield Barracks, HI. Wildfire mitigation management and restoration; $1.1 million.
  • Camp Ripley, MN. Resilience and implementation strategic planning; $0.2 million.
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. Protection of family farms and forests; $1.0 million.
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, National Training Center Fort Irwin, CA. Desert tortoise habitat restoration and management; $1.5 million.
  • Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. Living shoreline construction and coastal restoration; $4.8 million.
  • White Sands Missile Range, NM. Compatible land protection; $5.1 million.
  • Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, VA. Living shoreline construction and coastal restoration; $2.0 million.

To date, the REPI Challenge has resulted in more than $89 million in REPI Program funds being leveraged with over $322 million in partner contributions to protect working lands, habitat and open spaces at 32 locations nationwide. 

The 2021 REPI Challenge Fact Sheet summarizes REPI Challenge accomplishments to date and provides highlights for each of this year’s seven Challenge funding recipients. The REPI Office also be hosted a webinar highlighting the 2021 selected projects on August 4, 2021.

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.