Schools and Roads - Grants to States
To share receipts from the National Forests and supplemental mandatory appropriations with States in which the National Forests are situated.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000, Division C, Section 601(a), 16. U.S.C. 7101-7153; 16 U.S.C. 500.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Title I payments are made to States or territories of the United States to be allocated to counties in which national forests are situated. Title II project funds are reserved in special account in the U.S. Treasury and may be used by the Secretary of Agriculture for the purpose of entering into and implementing cooperative agreements with willing Federal agencies, State and local governments, private and nonprofit entities, and landowners. (16 U.S.C 7122). Title III funds are paid to respective states to be passed-through to participating counties.
A beneficiary of title II special project funds is a person or entity that receives a grant or enters into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a project for protection, restoration, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and other resource objectives consistent with the purposes of the Secure Rural Schools Act on national forests and on non-national forest land where projects would benefit the resources on national forests. (16 U.S.C. 7122) A beneficiary of title III funds is a participating county in which a national forest is situated that has elected to allocate a portion of its State payments for title III county projects.
OMB circulars apply to title II special projects implemented using Financial Assistance instrument for public benefit projects. OMB circulars are not applicable to projects when implemented using partnership transaction on or adjacent to National Forest System (NFS) Lands. No Credentials or documentation are required for title I or title III payments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. For Title II projects implemented using partnership instrument on or adjacent to NFS lands, 2CFR200 is not applicable for mutual interest-mutual benefit programs.
Contact a near-by national forest resource advisory committee coordinator for information about awards or other implementation of title II projects recommended by a resource advisory committee prior to the deadline.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
For Federal fiscal years 2008 through 2011, reauthorized one year for FY 2012, reauthorized one year for FY 2013, and reauthorized for two years in 2015 to provide for payments in FY 2015 and FY 2016. The Secure Rural Schools Act allows counties in which national forests are situated to elect to share in the State payment (based on a formula in the Act) or to share in the state's 25-percent payment (based on the 7-year rolling average of receipts from national forests in the State). The fiscal year 2014 payment was made to states in May 2015. The 25-percent payments to states are to be used for the benefit of public schools and public roads in the counties in which national forests are situated. An eligible county that elects to receive a share of the State payment (based on the formula in the Act) must under some circumstances allocate a portion of that payment for title II special projects on national forests or title III county projects, or both. The portion of the Secure Rural Schools Act State payments not allocated for these purposes are to be used to benefit public schools and public roads in counties in which national forests are situated. The payments to benefit schools and roads are commonly called title I funds. Funds allocated by counties for title II special projects are reserved in a special account in the General Treasury and may be used by the Secretary of Agriculture for projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality on national forests. Funds allocated by counties for title III county projects may be used only to: (1) carry out activities under the Firewise Communities program to provide homeowners in fire sensitive ecosystems education on, and assistance with implementing, techniques in home siting, home construction, and home landscaping that can increase the protection of people and property from wildfires; (2) reimburse the participating county for search and rescue and other emergency services, including firefighting, that are performed on a national forest after the date on which the use was approved, and paid for by the participating county; and (3) develop community wildfire protection plans in coordination with the Forest Service acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
For Title II projects implemented using partnership instrument on or adjacent to NFS lands, 2 CFR 200 is not applicable for mutual interest-mutual benefit programs.
Financial and program records must be retained for three years from the date of submission and approval of final financial reports.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. There are no matching requirements for the 25-percent payment to states or for the State payment. Acquisition management regulations and procedures applicable to the Forest Service for purchases, contracts, grants and agreements may impose matching requirements on title II projects.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The 25-percent payments and State payments for amounts allocated to title I and title III are generally made by December 31st or as soon thereafter as practicable each year after the close of the applicable fiscal year. Title II funds are not paid to the State but are reserved in a special account in the General Treasury available for projects recommended by a resource advisory committee and approved by the Forest Supervisor acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture. The authority for each resource advisory committee to recommend title II projects has been extended September 30, 2017. Funds unobligated in one fiscal year remain available in the following fiscal year until September 30, 2018 by which time title II funds must be obligated or be returned to the U.S. Treasury. The authority for each county to initiate title III projects was extended by P.L. 114-10 until September 30, 2017. Funds unobligated in one fiscal year remain available in the following fiscal year until September 30, 2018 by which time title III funds must be obligated for authorized uses or be returned to the U.S. Treasury. Method of awarding/releasing assistance for title I and title III is lump sum. Title II funds are approved by the Forest Supervisor acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture. Certification of title III expenditures and funds not obligated within the calendar year are due by February 1st of the subsequent year for counties having received title III funding.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
201 14th Street, SW, Suite 4 NW,
Washington, DC 20024 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$5,199,200.00; FY 19 FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$10,279,660.00; FY 16$2,059,485.00; - Secure Rural Schools authorization lapsed on September 30, 2018. Payments to states were released in FY2019 based off of FY2018 receipts. New payments are not expected in FY2020 without Congressional reauthorization.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
25% 7 yr. average: $2 to $1,397,323 - average: $151,756 (19 states) Title I: $1 to $9,587,418 - average $366,907: (42 states) Title II: $1,922 to $1,294,931 - average: $98,145 (31 states) Title III: $1,682 to $789,552 - average: $54,134 (31 states)
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects