Agriculture on Indian Lands

 

To protect and restore the agricultural (cropland and rangeland) resources on trust lands and facilitate the development of renewable agricultural resources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.034
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE; PROVISION OF SPECIALIZED SERVICES
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450; American Indian Agriculture Resource Management Act, Public Law 103-177, 107 Stat. 2011, 25 U.S.C. 3701.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Native American individuals, tribal governments and native organizations authorized by tribal governments, and individuals and entities authorized to make use of Indian agricultural lands and resources.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Native American landowners, Indian tribes and their members, native organizations authorized by tribal governments, and individuals and entities authorized to make use of Indian agricultural lands and resources. Agricultural grant programs (Rangeland Inventory and Noxious Weed Control) are not currently available to individuals or to non-tribal land-user entities.
Credentials/Documentation
Must have a landownership, tribal government, or authorized-user interest in the Indian agricultural land or resource that is the basis of assistance request. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. For Public Law 93-638 requests, awards of noxious weed control funding are made by the Central Office of the BIA. Individual advisory services and counseling, and provision of specialized services are handled at the Agency, Region, or Central Office level as appropriate.
Award Procedure
In most cases, the award can be approved at the agency level. In some instances, the application will be forwarded to the Regional Director for approval. The dollar value of Agriculture awards depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the individual tribe through tribal participation in the BIA's budget formulation process (TPA).
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
For Public Law 93-638 requests applications will be processed within 90 days.
Appeals
For Public Law 93-638 requests an unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR, Part 900.
Renewals
For Public Law 93-638 requests agriculture awards may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the contractor/grantee. A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current award. Noxious Weed Eradication assistance is awarded for projects on a year-by-year basis and is not intended to provide perennial support for tribal programs.
How are proposals selected?
For contracts under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act: All applicants for assistance meeting the criteria in 25 CFR Part 900 will be funded. Noxious Weed Eradication: Project proposals are ranked according to land use and indicators of cooperator support, pest management integration, degree of establishment of targeted weed, and support of noxious weed control.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are used to support inventory, analysis, management, and improvement of Indian agricultural lands; to administer authorized use of Indian agricultural lands; and to support efforts to control noxious weeds and other invasive species on Indian lands.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Federal Financial Reports, SF 425 are required. The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
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.
Records
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions, or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Noxious Weed Eradication requires a minimum 50 percent cost-share agreement for the control projects.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For Public Law 93-638 requests noxious weed control funding is awarded annually and must be obligated by the second year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the headquarters or regional office.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
David Edington, Office of Trust Responsibilities, Division of Water and Land Resources, Branch of Agriculture and Range, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street NW, MS 4513 MIB, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 513-0866.
Website Address
http://www.doi.gov/bia/otrhome.htm; http:// www.doi.gov/bureau-indian-affairs.html.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-2100-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $28,836,787; FY 13 est $27,494,016; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Agriculture: $200 to $575,000; $50,000. Noxious Weed Eradication: $500 to $300,000; $6,200.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR, Parts 161, 162, 166, 167, 168, and 900.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available.

 


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