The Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program is pleased to announce the 2022 REPI Challenge funding recipients. This year’s REPI Challenge focused on innovative projects that limit incompatible development, enhance military installation resilience, and relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions on military testing, training, or operations at locations hosting key mission capabilities.
The 2022 REPI Challenge will commit $31.6 million in program funds that will be coupled with over $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 of 2022 REPI Challenge locations and their associated funding include:
The REPI Challenge distributes funds on an annual basis to one or more projects that provide innovative approaches to protecting the military mission. This annual initiative seeks to cultivate projects that conserve land at a greater scale, thereby helping the REPI Program achieve its goals. Since the initiation of the REPI Challenge in 2012, more than $120.6 million in REPI Program funds have been leveraged with over $382.5 million in partner contributions to protect over 38 locations with projects promoting compatible land uses, restoring critical habitats, and enhancing climate adaptation efforts.
More information on the 2022 REPI Challenge funding recipients can be found in the fact sheet attached to this email. The 2022 fact sheet and information on past REPI Challenge projects are available here. The REPI Office will be hosting a webinar highlighting the REPI Challenge as well as other available federal conservation and resilience funding opportunities on June 22, 2022. For more information on how to register for the webinar, visit the REPI.mil website.
The REPI Program is also excited to launch the 2023 REPI Challenge process. The primary focus of the 2023 REPI Challenge is to advance projects 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 request for proposals is attached here and the pre-proposal form can be found on the U.S. Endowment’s website at http://www.usendowment.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2023-repi-preproposal_060122_form.pdf. Pre-proposals are due no later than Monday, July 25, 2022.