To provide a variety of Bureau of Land Management financial assistance awards not covered by any other program entry. This program will support mission program efforts for the management, protection, and development of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Awards are typically supported by funding one-time specific legislation and internal projects and programs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; Cooperative Agreements; TRAINING; USE OF PROPERTY, FACILITIES, OR EQUIPMENT
Fiscal Year 2014: Developing partnerships to include the funding for continued support of collaborative efforts to build community capacity, increase youth employment opportunities, and support for the management, protection and development of public lands. The public and BLM benefit from its support with partners in heightening public understanding of the social and economic, as well as environmental, aspects of ecosystem restoration and maintenance. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1737(b), Public Law 94-579, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices. No State plan is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov or via hardcopy to the project office and include: a title, objectives, timeframe, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement.
Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Projects are approved through the Bureau budget cycle that normally requires at least one year to receive funding. Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be able for each project at the time of funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grant.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal. The Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
How are proposals selected?
General criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on the applicant's direct relationship to the management, protection and development of federal lands and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance support for the management, protection, and development of public lands within the Bureau's area of responsibility and supported by specific authorities. Awards are restricted to activities on Federal public lands for activities that benefit resources on Federal land. Most of these public lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. The assistance may support outreach and education efforts associated with partnership programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement that is terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will be extended, grantees must submit a final Program Performance Report 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports. A final SF-425 is required 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The program has no statutory matching requirements, however, matching funds or in-kind services by the applicants are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions for most projects, however, some projects are awarded for one to five year period and funded on a year basis. Funds are normally expended during a particular fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.
Corey Grant Bureau of Land Management (WO 850), 1849 C Street, NW, Room 2134LM, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7040
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $1,257,139; FY 15 est $850,000; and FY 16 est $500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnerships have been between $2,900 to $800,000. Average amounts are $117,400 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program information is included in the Bureau of Land Management Manuals, available at http://www.blm.gov. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Land Management Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Assistance for State and local governments, Indian Tribal governments, public and private colleges and universities, public land corps and nonprofit organizations, as directed in the annual appropriations. Support of Historical Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in support of students interested in pursuing careers in the natural resource area. Supporting the energy pilot offices in Wyoming and Montana, and updating and developing the Geographic Coordinate Data Base to develop the most dependable coordinates available for the US Public Land Survey System corners. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.