Mississippi National River and Recreation Area State and Local Assistance

For grants, provide no more than 50% of cost of acquisition and development within the area of lands or waters.

Provide assistance and/or funds to enhance partner planning for and interpretation of non-Federal publicly owned lands within the area.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2010: Funding ws provided for a temporary County Weed Management Area Coodinator and an invasive plants public workshop.

Fiscal Year 2011: Not available.

Fiscal Year 2012: Not 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.




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2010: Funding was provided for a temporary County Weed Management Area Coodinator and an invasive plants public workshop. Fiscal Year 2011: Not available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding and/or assistance is to be used by the State of Minnesota or its political subdivisions for the acquisition and development within the Area of lands and waters or interest therein in a manner within the legislation.

Funding and/or assistance may be used to assist in the planning for and interpretation of non-Federal publicly owned lands within the Area and to develop and implement programs compatible with the comprehensive management plan.

The availability of funding is determined by the Mississippi NRRA each fiscal year.

For more specific information contact the regional office.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The State of Minnesota or its political subdivisions, counties, cities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The State of Minnesota or its political subdivisions, counties, cities.

Credentials/Documentation

Each applicant will also be required to have a DUNS number and be registered in the CCR located at www.ccr.gov. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Consultation or assistance from the agency with this application may be available from the NPS.

Projects may be subject to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

There are no pre-application requirements.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

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.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Eligible applicants will be required to submit an Application, SF424, SF424A, SF424B and a written proposal through the http://www.Grants.gov website following the procedures outlined in the announcement, and will include a title , geographic area(s) of requested assistance, objectives, and a budget proposal to reflect a typical project.

Award Procedures

Application packages will be posted for an Eligible Applicant"s response utilizing the http://www.Grants.gov website. 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 or Grant Agreement by the Agreements Officer.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Public Law 100-696; 704(a) 16 USC section 460 zz 5(a) - Grants, Public Law 100-696; 704(a) 16 U.S.C. section 460 zz 5(b) - Cooperative Agreements, and Public Law 100-696; 704(a) 16 U.S.C. section 460 zz (c) - Technical Assistance.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally, 30-90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

In accordance with the applicable requirements for extensions and renewals under the appropriate regulations and OMB circulars.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: The recipient must be able to provide 50 percent cash match for grants in accordance with 16 U.S.C. 460zz-5(a). On-going effort not required - land acquisition projects.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

In accordance with individual award requirements. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

All organizations will be required to submit a yearly narrative summary of accomplishments report to the National Park Service Agreements Officer and to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

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, Standard Form 270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement; SF 425 Financial Status Report as outlined in 2 CFR 215.52.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

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 C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations. The Cooperator must maintain a complete detailed accounting system to report expenditures of Cooperative Agreement or grant Agreement funds and accomplishments achieved under the award. Records, accounts and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission for final request for reimbursement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1036-0-1-303.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 10 $15,000; FY 11 $15,000; FY 12 $15,000 - Payments made in lump sum, and upon request for reimbursement under cooperative agreements (new program established in 2010).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards range between $15,000 and $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Denise St. Marie, 111 E Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 Email: denise_st_marie@nps.gov Phone: (651) 290-3030 ext. 226.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Demonstrated ability of the organization to successfully compete the project; Past performance in Federal Financial Assistance programs, if applicable; Organization"s ability to provide the required cash match, if required; Projects serve a public purpose; and Other criteria may be provided for specific projects.



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