National Heritage Area Federal Financial Assistance

The purpose of designation as a National Heritage Area is to preserve and interpret for the educational and inspirational benefit of present and future generations the unique and significant contributions to our national heritage of certain historic and cultural lands, waterways, and structures, to encourage

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a broad range of economic opportunities enhancing the quality of life within the designated area, and provide a management framework to assist state/local government entities, non profits, and others in developing policies and programs that will preserve, enhance, and interpret the cultural, historical, natural, recreation, and scenic resources or the heritage area.
Examples of Funded Projects

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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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional Coordinators and individual heritage area contacts are listed at

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Not available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

- Funding and/or assistance is managed by an agency, nonprofit or other organized party identified in the public law that created the National Heritage Area
- Funding is to accomplish intended purpose specified within each individual National Heritage Area"s public law
- Federal funding and its match must meet all federal requirements as defined in OMB circulars and enabling legislation combined
- Funding applies to interpretation and education, recreation, preservation and conservation and economic development of the region applied specifically to the nationally important story for which they were established.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Generally, states, their political subdivisions, non profits, private entities, the heritage are management entity, and other federal agencies are eligible for assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Generally, states, their political subdivisions, non profits, private entities, the heritage are management entity, and other federal agencies are eligible for assistance.


Applicants are required to register with and obtain a DUNS number. Designated management entities must submit an annual work plan. 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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Eligible applicants submit the SF424, SF424A, SF424B and a management entity work plan (if appropriate) to the responsible regional office. The work plan includes a title, geographic area(s) of requested assistance, objectives, match commitments, priority and budget proposal for each individual project. Special application procedures will be posted at

Award Procedures

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, modification or Grant Agreement by the Assistance Officer.


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


NOTES and related authorization legislation for individual National Heritage Areas, 16 U.S.C 461a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally, 30-90 days.




Yes, In accordance with the applicable requirements for extensions and renewal under the appropriate regulations and OMB circulations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. The organization must be able to provide a 50% cash match for their appropriated finds in accordance with the legislation.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

All progrects 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; SF425 Financial Status Report as outlined in 2 CFR 215.52.

Additionally, all organizations will be required to submit a yearly narrative summary of accomplishmnets report to to the National Park Service Agreements Officer and to the Cognizant Regional Heritage Area Coordinator.


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.


Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and 43 CFR Part 12 Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and 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 submissions for final request for reimbursement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 $16,000,000; FY 11 $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards range from $150,000 to $1,000,000 depending upon the individual appropriations to the Heritage Area.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Recipients of awards will comply with the applicable OMB Circular and DOI Regulations governing Financial Assistance awards at 43 CFR Part 12.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Coordinators and individual heritage area contacts are listed at

Headquarters Office

Martha Raymond, 1201 "Eye" Street, NW 6th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: Phone: (202) 354-2222.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

- Actions proposed in Workplan meet legislative requirements
- Actions proposed in Workplan meet OPM standards
- Match meets all legal and ethical requirements
- Match is in hand or commitments are in writing.

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