National Heritage Area Federal Financial Assistance

 

The purpose of designation as a National Heritage Area is to preserve and interpret for the educational and inspirational benefit of present and future generations the unique and significant contributions to our national heritage of certain historic and cultural lands, waterways, and structures, to encourage a broad range of economic opportunities enhancing the quality of life within the designated area, and provide a management framework to assist state/local government entities, non profits, and others in developing policies and programs that will preserve, enhance, and interpret the cultural, historical, natural, recreation, and scenic resources of the heritage area.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.939
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Over 50 entities received funding for a variety of projects that supported large scale, community-centered initiatives that connect local citizens to the
preservation, conservation, and planning processes. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.
Authorization
NOTES and related authorization legislation for individual National Heritage Areas, 16 U.S.C 461a.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Generally, states, their political subdivisions, non profits, private entities, the heritage area management/coordinating entity, and other federal agencies are eligible for assistance.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Generally, states, their political subdivisions, non profits, private entities, the heritage area management/coordinating entity, and other federal agencies are eligible for assistance.
Credentials/Documentation
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. Eligible applicants submit the SF424, SF424A, SF424B and a management entity work plan as required by OMB circular A-110 to the responsible regional office. The work plan or task agreement includes a title, geographic area(s) of requested assistance, objectives, match commitments, priority and budget proposal for each individual project. Special application procedures will be posted at grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Upon receipt of timely submissions, applications will be reviewed by the NPS and may be circulated for others to review to assure compliance requirements are met and actions fit the legislative requirements. Notification of Awards will be provided to applicants by issuance of Cooperative Agreement, modification or Grant Agreement by the Agreement Technical Assistance Officer.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally, 30-90 days.
Appeals
NONE.
Renewals
Yes, In accordance with the applicable requirements for extensions and renewal under the appropriate regulations and OMB circulations.
How are proposals selected?
- Actions proposed in Workplan/Task Agreement meet legislative requirements
- Actions proposed in Workplan/Task Agreement meet Office of Management Budget (OMB) standards
- Match meets all legal requirements and is in hand or commitments are in writing.
How may assistance be used?
- Funding and/or assistance is managed by an agency, nonprofit or other organized party identified in the public law that created the National Heritage Area
- Funding is to accomplish intended purpose specified within each individual National Heritage Area's public law
- Federal funding and its match must meet all federal requirements as defined in OMB circulars and enabling legislation combined
- Funding applies to interpretation and education, recreation, preservation and conservation and economic development of the region applied specifically to the nationally important story for which they were established.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with agreed upon scope of work. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of the SF425 Financial Status Report as outlined in 2 CFR 215.52. Additionally, all organizations will be required to submit a yearly narrative summary of accomplishments report to the National Park Service Agreements Technical Assistance Officer and to the Cognizant Regional Heritage Area Coordinator. An annual report is also submitted to the Washington Office that identifies federal/match investments and other statistics. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of, Standard Form 270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement; SF425 Financial Status Report as outlined in 2 CFR 215.52. Additionally, all organizations will be required to submit a yearly narrative summary of accomplishments report to the National Park Service Agreements Technical Assistance Officer and to the Cognizant Regional Heritage Area Coordinator. An annual report is also submitted to the Washington Office that identifies federal/match investments and other statistics.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Authorizing legislation for individual National Heritage Areas specifies matching requirements. Generally, the organization must be able to provide a 50% cash match for their appropriated finds.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In accordance with the individual award documents. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Advances or reimbursements for no more than 50% of their authorized financial activities.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Coordinators and individual heritage area contacts are listed at http://www.nps.gov/history/heritageareas/CNTC/.
Headquarters Office
Martha Raymond, 1201 "Eye" Street, NW 6th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: martha_raymond@nps.gov Phone: (202) 354-2222.
Website Address
http://www.nps.gov/history/heritageareas
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1036-0-1-303.
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $17,568,680; FY 15 est $17,000,000; and FY 16 est $17,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $4,000.00- $650,000.00
Average: $215,000.00.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: The program has funded heritage area
management plans, heritage corridor planning, and similar projects. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.

 



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