Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination
To restore stability and predictability to the annual payments made to States and counties containing National Forest System lands and Oregon and California and Coos Bay Wagon Road lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management for use by the counties for the benefit of public schools, roads, and other purposes.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Bureau of Land Management, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; M - Training
Fiscal Year 2016
No current data available. With a recent reauthorization in 2015, retroactive for 2014 and 2015, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act program will continue its efforts to invest in and create additional employment opportunities through projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems and restore and improve land health and water quality. Simultaneously, the projects improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for Federal lands and the agencies that manage these lands. Since the implementation of this program in fiscal year 2002, the Resource Advisory Committees have recommended over 1500 projects that were subsequently approved by the Designated Federal Officials. Many of the projects are multi-year projects that are funded in phases and implemented over several years.Fiscal Year 2017
No current data available.Fiscal Year 2018
The project removes illegally dumped trash from public and private roads which are generally publicly accessible. Debris is properly disposed of safely and permanently. Removed potential environmental contaminant such as lead acid batteries, paints, oils among many other soil and water contaminants that would impact site soil productivity and downstream drinking water quality. Utilizing science to identify best practices to manage land and water resources, and adapt to changes in the environment. Reviewed DOI water storage, transportation, and distribution systems to identify opportunities to resolve conflicts and expand capacity.Fiscal Year 2019
No current data available.Fiscal Year 2020
No current data available.
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, Public Law 106-393, Title II, as reauthorized by: the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Public Law 110-343; the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, Public Law 112-141; the Helium Stewardship Act, Public Law 113-40; and then reauthorized in 2015 under Public Law 114-10. Note that PL 113-40 expired on September 30 2015.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State and local governments, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit institution/organization, other private institution/organization and landowners.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
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 Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written technical and cost 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. Title II Project Application Information is available from the BLM Western Oregon Districts or their websites.
Bureau of Land Management District staff screen applications to ensure they meet project criteria. The projects are then forwarded to the Resource Advisory Committees whose members consider each project for funding and make recommendations to the Designated Federal Officials by September 30 for each fiscal year. Final budget approval authority rests with the Bureau of Land Management Designated Federal Official.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
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 available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Projects are approved by the Designated Federal Official at their sole discretion. Within 30 days after making a rejection decision, the Designated Federal Official shall notify the Resource Advisory Committee in writing with the reasons for the rejection.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal, however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information regarding why their proposal was not selected for award.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria used to approve project proposals are: The project complies with all applicable Federal laws and regulations; the project is consistent with the applicable resource management plan and with any watershed or subsequent plan developed pursuant to the resource management plan and approved by the Secretary of the Interior; the project has been recommended by the Resource Advisory Committee in accordance with section 205 of the Act; a project description has been submitted by the Resource Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Interior; and the project will improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems and restore and improve land health and water quality.
How may assistance be used?
Project funds shall be expended solely on projects that meet the requirements of Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, Public Law 106-393, as reauthorized by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Public Law 110-343, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, Public Law 112-141 the Helium Stewardship Act, Public Law 113-40, and Public Law 114-10.
Project funds may be used for the purpose of entering into and implementing cooperative agreements with willing Federal agencies, State and local governments, private and nonprofit entities, and landowners for protection of restoration, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and other resource objectives consistent with the purposes of the law on Federal land and on non-federal land where projects would benefit these resources on Federal land. For more specific information contact the headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Shall submit at the minimum an annual Performance Report in accordance with the 2 CFR, Part 200.328 within 90 days after the anniversary date or as indicated in the Notice of Award. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date
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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions. However, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and no more than five years. Funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of the award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Secure Rural Schools Act Coordinator (OR931), Oregon State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 1220 S.W. 3rd Ave., P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97204. Telephone: (503) 808-6234. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Washington, DC 20003 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$133,511.00; FY 19 est $180,094.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available - Data not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have run between $1,100 to $596,700. Average amounts run about $83,600 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Public Law 106-393 as amended by Public Law 110-343, and the Resource Advisory Committee Charters basically guide BLM's Secure Rural Schools Program. For links to the Law and additional information see website http://www.blm.gov/or/rac/ctypayhistory.php.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
No current data available. At this time, the Washington Office is reviewing Resource Advisory Committee nominees. Once they are approved, the committees will convene and review project proposals in order to obligate the 2016 funds. Assistance agreements with cooperators have been used for removal of noxious weeds in order to restore native plants; remove/replace culverts in various streams to improve fish passage; large wood placements to restore fish habitat; educate the public about the illegal dumping and reduce dumping on public lands in Western Oregon, including abandoned vehicle removal; and partnering with youth organizations to monitor projects and educate and inspire upcoming generations.Fiscal Year 2017
No current data available. At this time, the Washington Office is reviewing Resource Advisory Committee nominees. Once they are approved, the committees will convene and review project proposals in order to obligate the 2016 funds.Fiscal Year 2018
OR/WA SRS Polk County Dumpstoppers OR/WA SRS Youth Development, Klamath Falls RA OR/WA Tillamook Estuaries Partnership’s (TEP) NW Oregon Restoration Partnership (NORP) OR BLM OR/WA Nestucca Valley School District- Youth Environmental Stewardship OR/WA SRS Susan Creek Tioga BridgeFiscal Year 2019
ORWA Secure Rural Schools Upper McKay Watershed Project ORWA Columbia River Youth Corps Secure Rural SchoolsFiscal Year 2020
Data not available.