Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, Field Operations
The objectives of these OST grants will be to support and initiate a wide range of projects that facilitate Trust Improvement and Reform, including but not limited to the areas of Probate/Estates, Individual and Tribal Financial Empowerment, Trust Asset Management, Investments, and Trust administration processes generally.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
The American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994, 25 USC § 4045(b):; The American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994, 25 USC § 4025(a) ; The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004, 25 USC 2206(f).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants are: Indian tribes; Alaska Native Corporations; Indian or Alaska Native Foundations; Indian or Alaska Native non-profits; qualifying corporations; qualifying contractors; qualifying individual consultants, Law Schools accredited by a recognized body or bodies or state agency, Legal Aid organizations and ULCs. Schools must be located in the 50 states or the District of Columbia.
Beneficiaries will include organizations that will provide direct and defined service to Tribal and Individual beneficiaries. Eligible beneficiaries are: Alaska Native Corporations; Indian or Alaska Native Foundations; Indian or Alaska Native non-profits; qualifying corporations; qualifying contractors; Law Schools accredited by a recognized body or bodies or state agency, Legal Aid organizations and ULCs. Schools must be located in the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Project participants must be in an accredited program, a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Tribal Government Beneficiaries: Federally Recognized Tribal Governments’ Legal Aid and Assistance programs that are qualified to perform the work specified in the Grant Notice.
Service Provider Documentation will include: Proof of accreditation, certification, of 501c3 status, articles of incorporation, and professional licenses if required. Documentation, required at the point of service, may include Tribal Enrollment Number, Land Asset Number or IIM Account Number of the client served. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. An informal conference with an OST project management representative is recommended. OMB Circulars A-102 and A-110 apply to this program. Applications shall include detailed information as required in the Funding Opportunity Notice (Grants Notice). Completed applications should be submitted using the grants.gov website at : http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html .
The dollar value of the award depends upon the amount that is available for the project and will be set in accordance with project requirements (specified in the Grants Notice). The Interior Business Center will inform the Awardee as to the details of the grant as awarded.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Applications will be processed within 90 days.
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.
Funding agreements may be for a single or multi-year period and renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the Grantee. However, any renewal is subject to availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
All complete applications will be considered and the following criteria will be applied prior to an award being issued: Tribal Government Endorsement, Experience of the Applicant in serving the communities identified, Cost/benefit analysis, and Risk/benefit analysis.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used by to support a wide range of Trust Reform initiatives, including will clinics, Estate Planning, development and administration of informational seminars, and development and administration of conventional and alternative asset management processes and other trust reform activities. All funds must be expended on behalf of American Indians or Alaska Natives, as defined in any Federal Statute. Funds may be used for salaries of personnel specifically employed for the project; consultant fees; supplies and equipment necessary to conduct the project; essential travel expenses and student stipends; and other expenses related to the project. Indirect costs are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the project, generally limited to 15 percent of direct costs. It is expected funds expended for salaries will be used in a modest and reasonable manner, using the Federal pay scale as a guide.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting expectations will be specified in the Grant offer, but generally include: tracking and accounting for expenditures; and monthly reports on project performance and progress. Reporting requirements will be detailed and comprehensive. 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 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 are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the service provider/grantee, or until the end of the Calendar year. Awards can also be made at the beginning of each quarter, depending on availability of funds and project requirements. P. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of payments will be arranged with the grantee.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Deputy Regional Trust Administrator- Field operations 4400 Masthead Ave, NE Albuquerque NM 87109. Phone number is 505-816-1258.
Deputy Special Trustee Field Operations, 4400 Masthead Ave NE , Albuquerque, New Jersey 87109 Phone: (202) 208-3100
14-0000-0-0-000 - 14XD0120AF/DT28400000, 15XD0120AF/DT28400000.
(Salaries) FY 13 Not Available; FY 14 est $253,500; and FY 15 est $500,000 - FY 2016 projection 250000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 14: 6000.00- 149,000.00 Average award: unknown
FY 15: Est. Range: $6000.00 – $500,000.00; Average award: unknown
FY 16: 6000.00- 149,000.00 (projected) Average award: unknown.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects