New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park Cooperative Management

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.

New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Subject to DOI policy (43 CFR Part 12) on Financial Assistance, NPS Director"s Order #20, NPS Agreements Handbook, and the park"s enabling legislation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible cooperators include: State, local and tribal governments, other public entities, education institutions, and private nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General Public.


Proposals may be submitted by entities interested in working collaboratively with the park. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Interested parties contact the park superintendent to discuss possible projects.

Some projects are subject to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Submit a cover letter, project budget demonstrating matching matching requirements and a project scope of work, including the nature of the park"s substantial involvement.

Award Procedures

Proposals are reviewed and approved by the park superintendent.


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


New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park - U. S.C.; 410ddd(e)(2).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Dependent on eligibility of funds.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Per the park"s enabling legislation every one dollar of Federal funds shall be matched by four dollars of funds contributed by non-federal sources to provide for the preservation, development,interpretation, and use of the park; every dollar of Federal funds shall be matched by one dollar of funds contributed by non-federal sources for construction, restoration and rehabilitation of visitors and interpretive facilities.
This program does not have MOE requirements. Newly established program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Dependent on fund source and type of project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Dependent on availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Cooperators are required to submit an annual progress report.

Cooperators are required to submit a Federal Financial Report, SF-425, on a quarterly basis for all financial transaction.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.


The cooperator must maintain a complete, detailed accounting system to report expenditures of funds and accomplishments achieved under the agreements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 $0; FY 11 $0 - Newly established program 2010.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Dependent of project and availability of funds.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

DOI policy on cooperative agreements, NPS Director"s Order #20 and the NPS Agreements Handbook, and the park"s enabling legislation; Other park information can be found on the park"s website at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Superintendent
New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740.

Headquarters Office

Park Superintendent, New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park 33 William Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740 Phone:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are evaluated on the basis of:
- Appropriateness to the themes and mission of the park
- Contribution to visitor understanding, appreciation and enjoyment
- Clarity of project objections including final product or result
- Ability to clearly demonstrate matching requirement
- Ability to clearly demonstrate collaborative nature and park"s substantial involvement
- Availability of funds.

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