Boston African-American National Historic Site Cooperative Agreement with the Museum of African Amer

The National Park Service and the Museum of African-American History are partnering for the purpose of rehabilitating the African Meetinghouse in Boston, MA.

The African Meetinghouse was entered on the National Register in 1971 and is a contributing resource to the Beacon Hill National Register
District, as well as, a contributing resource to the Boston African-American National Historic Site.

It is the oldest extant African-American church building in the United States and the first house of worship built for people of African descent in Boston.

In order to preserve this structure which has both historic and architectural experience to complete the project.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: Current project expected to be funded through ARRA for $4.2 million to rehabilitate African Meetinghouse, which is a previous non-ARRA project provided approximately $918,000 for the construction of an elevator and stair tower in the African Meetinghouse.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - None.

Superintendent, Boston African-American National Historic Site, 14 Beacon Street, Suite 503, Boston, MA 02108; Phone (617)742-5415.

Northeast Regional Office, 200 Chestnut Street, Suite 306, Philadelphia, PA 19106; Phone (215)597-0815.

Project Management Office: Denver Service Center, 12795 W.

Alameda Parkway, Denver, CO 80225-0287; Phone (303)969-2459.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Secretary of the Interior must determine that appropriations for the purpose of providing federal assistance are available and an agreement is in the best interests of the United States.

Assistance is authorized between the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Boston African-American National Historic Site and the Museum of African-American History.

For ARRA funded projects, the requirements of the Act will be followed and incorporated, as necessary, within the opportunity announcement and agreement documents.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Not applicable.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Section 106 compliance was signed by the SHPO on July 28, 2005 and a Categorical Exclusion was signed on March 11, 2010.

Plans and specifications have been completed and appropriate approvals received.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Consultation or assistance between the Secretary (generally through the Superintendent, Boston African-American National Historic Site) and the Museum of African-American History will occur. Projects will be awarded as determined by the Secretary (generally through the Superintendent, Boston African-American National Historic Site) within the requirements of applicable existing bureau and agency regulation and policy.

Award Procedures

After project needs and requirements are developed, the National Park Service will issue the Museum of African-American History a written cooperative agreement for execution upon which the project can proceed. Department of the Interior policy allows projects that meet the criteria for single source opportunities to be issued by an agency, which are specifically directed to a known recipient. A Notice of Intent shall be placed on www.grants.gov to disclose the single source announcement.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1998, Public Law 105-83, 111 Stat. 1543, 16 U.S.C. 471j; Executive Order Title 16 Conservation Subchapter 1 National Park Service, Title 16, Part 1, Section 1a-2j; American Recovery and Reinvstement Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, Section 702, Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, Public Law 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009-181, 189, 16 U.S.C. 1g; Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996, Public Law 104-333, 16 U.S.C. 1f. Public Law 96-430 Sec. 101 and 103.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

In accordance with applicable requirements for extensions and renewals.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Recovery Act restrictions related to the time permitted to obligate and expend program funds apply. Additionally information on the length and time phasing of assistance is not available. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

All organizations will be required to submit a yearly narrative summary accomplishments report to the National Park Service at the end of each project year.

For ARRA funds, recipients and agencies must comply with the regulations in 2 CFR Part 176 - Award Terms for Assistance Agreements, which describes the requirements for 1512 recipient reporting requirements.

Supplemental guidance is available at http://www.Recovery.gov and http://FederalReporting.gov.

Specific projects or activities for which funds shall by tracked and reported by submittal of the the SF 271 Outlay Report and Request for Reimbursement for Construction Programs, and a quarterly or annual submittal of the SF 425 Federal Financial Report.

The SF 271 and SF 425 require a final report.

All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with agreed upon scope of the work.

Audits

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.

Records

Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations. The Cooperator must maintain a complete detailed accounting system to report expenditures of funds and accomplishments achieved under the award. Records, accounts and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission for final request of disbursement. If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken. The provisions of 2 CFR 176 apply.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1042-0-1-303 - NR&P; 14-1036-0-1-303 - Operation of the National Park System; 14-1039-0-1-303 - Construction; 14-1035-1-1-303 - ARRA ONPS; TAFS 1409/101035; 14-1041-1-1-303 - ARRA Construction; TAFS 1409/101035.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $4,200,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $1,000,000 to $5,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Superintendent, Boston African-American National Historic Site, 14 Beacon Street, Suite 503, Boston, MA 02108; Phone (617)742-5415.

Northeast Regional Office, 200 Chestnut Street, Suite 306, Philadelphia, PA 19106; Phone (215)597-0815.

Project Management Office: Denver Service Center, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, Denver, CO 80225-0287; Phone (303)969-2459.

Headquarters Office

Director National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202)208-3100

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Appropriations for the purpose of cooperative projects must be available and an agreement is in the best interests of the United States. For ARRA funded projects, the evaluation of projects must also address the following priorities established in the Conference Report for Title IV: programs, projects, or activities that can be obligated and executed quickly; programs, projects or activities that will result in high and immediate employment; programs, projects, or activities that have little risk schedule; programs, projects, or activities that will be executed by contract or direct hire of temporary labor; and programs, projects, or activities that will be completed either a project phase, or will provide a useful service that does not require additional funding.



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