State Cemetery Grants

To assist States in the establishment, expansion, and improvement of veterans' cemeteries.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: National Cemetery System
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Monetary assistance is provided under this program to establish, expand, and improve State or Tribal government veterans’ cemeteries. Cemeteries must be State or Tribal Government owned and operated solely for the interment of eligible veterans and their dependents and/or spouses. Construction cost means the amount found necessary to convert a tract of land to an operational cemetery.

*Tribal Government refers to the 520 federally recognized tribal governments.
Veterans Housing Benefits Act of 1978, Section 202, 38 U.S.C 2408.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Any State may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The cemetery must be used solely for the interment of veterans, their wives, husbands, surviving spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children who were physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self support: section 38 CFR Part 38.620.
. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Submit Standard Form 424, "Application for Federal Assistance for Construction Programs," with attachments, to the Director, State Cemetery Grants Service (401C), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20420.
Award Procedure
Formal notification of the award to the State is made by the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery Administration.
Jul 01, 2009 A deadline of July 1 is established for the filing of applications in the year prior to the fiscal year in which funding is requested.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 30 to 60 days. From 30 to 60 days.
No application shall be disapproved until the applicant has been afforded an opportunity for a hearing.
Not Applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are provided by electronic transfer of funds and must be used within 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
Outlay Report and Request for Reimbursement for Construction Programs, and Performance Reports are accomplished in accord with 38 CFR Part 43. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of three years. If any claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records shall be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 08 $36,937,000; FY 09 est $43,500,000; and FY 10 est $43,401,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range and Average of Financial Assistance from 1980
$2,897 to $8,725,780 Average $1,319,338.21.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
VA Regulations 38 CFR Parts 39 and 43, State Cemetery Grant Program and "Federal Assistance for Establishment, Expansion, and Improvement of State Veterans' Cemeteries (State Cemetery Grants Program)" (VA Pamphlet 40-96).
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Frank K. Salavas 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Phone: 202-461-8947 Fax: 202-565-6141
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applications are prioritized and ranked with other projects in the order received. The priority system consists of four groups or categories. Examples: The extent to which States have adequate funds to initiate and complete the design process required for approval for the grant program, and the extent to which a project involves additional gravesites necessary to keep the cemetery open.
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