Special Projects

To assist various organizations identified by Congress or through non-competitive grants to achieve agency objectives.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is provided to implement specific projects identified by Congress or through non-competitive grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Organizations specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation or other authority that provides for non-competitive grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are those served by the organizations receiving awards.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplications are not required.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures


Award Procedures

Submit all standard forms (SF-424 Series Forms), project proposal and budget following the format specified by the Department of Commerce.


None. However, to ensure processing during the fiscal year that funds are appropriated, applications should be submitted to NTIA by June 30.


Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 309(j)(8)(E) as amended, Public Law 109-171 Deficit Act of 2005, Title III - Digital Television Transition and Public Safety, February 8, 2006.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time





Renewals are contingent upon future Congressional funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements, except when specified by Congress.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and progress reports are to be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.

Financial status reports (SF-269) are submitted on a quarterly basis.

Performance reports are submitted on a quarterly basis.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Non-profit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No.A-133, 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 the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or sub- recipients must be maintained in accordance with the terms of the award. Generally, the recipient must retain records for 3 years from the date on which the final expenditure report is submitted to NIST.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-0500-0-1-376; 13-0515-0-1-376.


(Grants) FY 07 $7,855,000; FY 08 est $21,645,000; FY 09 est $4,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $7,855,000 to $21,645,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable cost principles found at 2 CFR Part 220, Cost Principles for Education Institutions (OMB Circular A-21), 2 CFR Part 225, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A-87), 2 CFR Part 230, Cost Principles for Non-profit Organizations (OMB Circular A-122), 48 CFR 31 for Commercial Organizations, 45 CFR 74, Appendix E for Hospitals. Grants management will be in accordance with the provisions of 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, other nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations; and 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, Ph.D., Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications/NTIA, Room 4812, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482-5802. FAX: (202) 501-8009.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals


Social Entrepreneurship

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