Assistance for State and local governments, Indian Tribal governments, public and private colleges and universities, conservation corps, and nonprofit organizations, as directed in the annual appropriations.
Support of Historical Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in support of students interested in pursuing careers in the natural resource area.
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.
Developing partnerships to include the funding for continued support of collaborative efforts to build community capacity and support for the management, protection and development of public lands. The public and BLM benefit from its support with partners in heightening public understanding of the social and economic, as well as environmental, aspects of ecosystem restoration and maintenance.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Assistance support for the management, protection, and development of public lands within the Bureau's area of responsibility and supported by specific authorities.
Awards are restricted to activities on Federal public lands for activities that benefit resources on Federal land.
Most of these public lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska.
The assistance may support outreach and education efforts associated with partnership programs.
Aplication and Award Process
Coordinate cooperative project proposals with Bureau of Land Management local State or District Office for more information and local requirements.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, and a written 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. No State plan is required with this application.
Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
The deadline will be published in the Grants.gov announcement for each project.
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1737(b), Public Law 94-579, as amended.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Projects are approved through the Bureau budget cycle that normally requires at least one year to receive funding. 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 able for each project at the time of funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grant.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal. The Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals was not selected for award.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statuatory formula requirements unless specifically required. However, applicant's matching funds are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific retrictions for most projects, however, some projects are awarded for one to five year period and funded on a year basis. Funds are normally expended during a particular fiscal year.
Post Assistance Requirements
Recipients of funding are required to submit quarterly financial status reports using Standard Form 269, Financial Status Report, and quarterly, semi-annual, or annual performance reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period.
Final performance and financial status reports are due 120 days after the end date of grant performance.
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 $500,000 (for fiscal years ending Dec. 1, 2003) or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 (for fiscal years ending after Dec. 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.
FY 07 $3,045,000; FY 08 est $2,000,000; and FY 09 est $1,600,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnerships have run between $4,000 to $250,000. Average amounts run about $4,000 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Program information is included in the Bureau of Land Management Manuals, available at http://www.blm.gov. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Land Management Office listed below.
Regional or Local Office
See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.
Procurement Analyst, Property, Acquisition, and Headquarters Services Group, Bureau of Land Management (WO 850), 1849 C St., NW, LS-1075, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 452-5186.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
General criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on the applicant's direct relationship to the management, protection and development of federal lands and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
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