Impact Aid School Construction, Recovery Act

To provide school construction assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) affected by Federal activities, i.e., where the tax base of a district is reduced through the Federal acquisition of real property (Section 8002, ESEA) and; where the presence of certain children living on Federal property
places a financial burden on the LEAs that educate them (Section 8003, ESEA).
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Funds were used by LEAs to replace failing alarm systems, install waste water treatment facilities, repair lighting, electrical and air exchange systems, repair roofs, floors, and windows, and other emergency repairs.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2009: For 2009, the program expects to award approximately 40 grants to eligible LEAs. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awards must be used for construction activities, including the preparation of drawings and specifications for school facilities; erecting, building, acquiring, altering, remodeling, repairing, or extending school facilities; and inspecting and supervising the construction of school facilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Elementary/Secondary Education

Beneficiary Eligibility

Local; Education Professional; School; Education (0-8); Education (9-12)

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are submitted to the Secretary of Education and a copy is sent to the State educational agency (SEA). The applications must contain a description of the proposed project, a budget table, project timeline, and an independent certification that the need for the project exists. The applications will be made available through the e-grants e-Application web page at http://e-grants.ed.gov.

Award Procedures

Funds are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are reviewed by program analysts to ensure preliminary eligibility and completeness. All eligible applications are peer-reviewed and ranked in order for selection.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Section 8007(b), Title VIII, as amended and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

An administrative law hearing is available for any LEA or State adversely affected by any action of the Secretary. The hearing must be requested under the time frame included in the program regulations.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no statutory formula. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Performance periods will vary depending on the type of project funded. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: N/A.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

The LEA will be required to submit financial documentation to verify the appropriate use of funds.

In addition, the LEA will be required to provide a narrative on the outcome of the project and its impact on local employment.

ARRA-funded programs may also be required to report on how funds under this program are spent and the results of those expenditures.

Additional requirements will be included in application instructions or program guidance.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a

Records

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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 Information

Account Identification

91-0103-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $60,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For 2009, the range of awards is expected to be $15,000 - $6,000,000; the average award is expected to be $1,500,000. It takes between 90 and 120 business days from the time applications are received until grant awards are made.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations are included in 34 CFR 222.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Catherine Schagh Department of Education, OESE, Impact Aid Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington 20202-6244 Email: impact.aid@ed.gov Phone: (202)260-3858

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Selection criteria that the Department will consider are: the current health and safety risk to school students and personnel; the LEA's ability to support the needs of the current enrollment; the LEA's ability to provide a comprehensive educational program that meets current State standards; the extent to which projects would use energy-efficient and recyclable materials; the use of non-traditional or alternative building methods to expedite construction and maximize cost efficiency; the feasibility of completing the project within 24 months; and the availability of other resources for the project.



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