Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Provide Disaster Relief to Historic Properties Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

 

The purpose of this supplemental funding is to provide technical assistance and emergency repairs to historic and archeological resources impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Only hurricane-related damage is eligible for grant assistance. The NPS will rely on the assessment and documentation of the SHPO offices to determine eligibility of storm damaged resources and eligible grant expenditures related to the storm damage.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.957
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Ten (10) states and two Tribes received funding to rehabilitate historic structures damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.
Authorization
Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-2)

National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 470(e) and (h), Establishment of Historic Preservation Fund

National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 470a()j, Develop and implement a comprehensive preservation education and training
program.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices located within areas receiving major disaster declarations from FEMA.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States and Tribes.
Credentials/Documentation
National Register listing, or certification of eligibility, of properties for which grant
assistance be being applied.

2 CFR Part 200 , in its entirety, applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A completed Grant Application Form. The standard application forms required by 43 CFR 12, Subparts C and F, must be used. In addition, applicants must also submit an Action Plan Narrative providing an overview of needs in the State.
Award Procedure
Using the FEMA major disaster declarations as a starting point for determining the method of apportioning the $47.5 million, the NPS will divide the appropriation into two groups. Group 1 includes $38 million and will be apportioned to the four States containing counties that FEMA designated as eligible to receive both Individual and Public Assistance – Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. The remaining funds will comprise Group 2, and will be awarded to the remaining eight States, the District of Columbia, and any Federally-recognized Indian Tribes located in those States, through an application process and based on need as described in proposals submitted by the States and Tribes to the NPS. In apportioning the $38 million from Group 1 that will be assigned to CT, NJ, NY, and RI, because State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) in those States have not yet completed damage assessments to historic properties, there is no single best method of determining need. Funds will be distributed using a formula that takes into account three evaluation factors, each having equal weight: 1) population of counties eligible for both IA and PA, 2) land area of counties eligible for both IA and PA , and 3) the number of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places in counties eligible for both IA and PA.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
30 - 90 days.
Appeals
NONE.
Renewals
Recipients may request renewal of existing projects or additional projects to meet program goals and objectives. Extensions may be requested by grant recipients through interim progress reports.
How are proposals selected?
The following criteria will be used by the National Park Service and States when selecting recipients for Disaster Relief grant Assistance:

a)Historic significance,
b)Ability to complete the project promptly and successfully,
c)Ability of the project to correct the storm related damage,
d)Degree and nature of the damage (but see Section VI, Ineligible Activities),
e)Completeness and accuracy of the grant application.
How may assistance be used?
Hurricane Sandy HPF relief grants must be used to preserve properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. States may also use the funds for 1) hiring additional term, temporary, or contractor staff to enable the SHPOs to expeditiously conduct the reviews of all Federally funded or sponsored projects required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, 2) providing technical assistance to local government officials and to all owners of properties listed in or considered eligible by the State Historic Preservation Officer for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and 3) architectural/engineering plans and specifications, economic feasibility studies, survey and damage assessments, construction work to stabilize and repair historic and archeological properties, and survey of hurricane-damaged properties.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Recipients of HPF Hurricane Sandy relief grant agreements will be required to report the financial status on a quarterly basis within ten (10) calendar days of the end of the calendar quarter. Recipients of HPF Hurricane Sandy relief grant agreements will be required to report the performance progress on a quarterly basis within ten (10) calendar days of the end of the calendar quarter. Recipients of HPF Hurricane Sandy relief grant agreements will be required to report the performance progress on a quarterly basis within ten (10) calendar days of the end of the calendar quarter.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 – 200.337.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
2-3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance released on a reimbursable basis as costs are incurred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Hampton Tucker, Chief
State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants
National Park Service
202-354-2067
Hampton_Tucker @NPS.gov.
Headquarters Office
Hampton Tucker National Park Service
State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants
1201 Eye Street, 6th Floor
, Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Phone: 202-354-2020
Website Address
http://www.nps.gov/history/hpg
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-5140-0-2-303.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $22,636,654; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - No additional appropriations are expected under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $100,000.000 to $1,500,000.00
Average: $1,000,000.00.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information.

Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual http://www.nps.gov/history/hpg/HPF_Manual.pdf
Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: In 2012, Hurricane Sandy, an extraordinarily large storm, affected more than 16 Eastern and Midwestern states. Storm damage was particularly severe in New Jersey and New York.
Congress appropriated $47 million in grant funds for technical assistance and emergency repairs to historic and archeological resources. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.

 


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