Schools and Roads - Grants to States

To share receipts from the National Forests and supplemental mandatory appropriations with States in which the National Forests are situated.



Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Priest Lake Nordic Club, Inc. $ 13,025   2019-12-112024-10-31
Yakutat City & Borough $ 94,000   2019-08-052024-06-30
County Of Modoc $ 115,507   2018-07-302023-09-30
County Of Modoc $ 30,000   2018-08-072023-08-31
Pend Oreille, County Of $ 32,000   2018-03-142023-03-31
Great Shasta Rail Trail Association $ 27,592   2018-04-302023-03-31
Tuolumne Utilities District $ 17,850   2017-06-022022-12-31
Tuolumne County Office Of Education $ 60,500   2016-04-152022-12-31
Webster, County Of $ 30,000   2018-02-272022-12-31
Copper River Watershed Project Inc $ 9,300   2017-04-272022-05-01



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For Federal fiscal years 2008 through 2011, reauthorized one year for FY 2012, reauthorized one year for FY 2013, and reauthorized for two years in 2015 to provide for payments in FY 2015 and FY 2016.

The Secure Rural Schools Act allows counties in which national forests are situated to elect to share in the State payment (based on a formula in the Act) or to share in the state's 25-percent payment (based on the 7-year rolling average of receipts from national forests in the State).

The fiscal year 2014 payment was made to states in May 2015.

The 25-percent payments to states are to be used for the benefit of public schools and public roads in the counties in which national forests are situated.

An eligible county that elects to receive a share of the State payment (based on the formula in the Act) must under some circumstances allocate a portion of that payment for title II special projects on national forests or title III county projects, or both.

The portion of the Secure Rural Schools Act State payments not allocated for these purposes are to be used to benefit public schools and public roads in counties in which national forests are situated.

The payments to benefit schools and roads are commonly called title I funds.

Funds allocated by counties for title II special projects are reserved in a special account in the General Treasury and may be used by the Secretary of Agriculture for projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality on national forests.

Funds allocated by counties for title III county projects may be used only to: (1) carry out activities under the Firewise Communities program to provide homeowners in fire sensitive ecosystems education on, and assistance with implementing, techniques in home siting, home construction, and home landscaping that can increase the protection of people and property from wildfires; (2) reimburse the participating county for search and rescue and other emergency services, including firefighting, that are performed on a national forest after the date on which the use was approved, and paid for by the participating county; and (3) develop community wildfire protection plans in coordination with the Forest Service acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Title I payments are made to States or territories of the United States to be allocated to counties in which national forests are situated.

Title II project funds are reserved in special account in the U.S.

Treasury and may be used by the Secretary of Agriculture for the purpose of entering into and implementing cooperative agreements with willing Federal agencies, State and local governments, private and nonprofit entities, and landowners.

(16 U.S.C 7122). Title III funds are paid to respective states to be passed-through to participating counties.

Beneficiary Eligibility

A beneficiary of title II special project funds is a person or entity that receives a grant or enters into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a project for protection, restoration, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and other resource objectives consistent with the purposes of the Secure Rural Schools Act on national forests and on non-national forest land where projects would benefit the resources on national forests. (16 U.S.C. 7122) A beneficiary of title III funds is a participating county in which a national forest is situated that has elected to allocate a portion of its State payments for title III county projects.

Credentials/Documentation

OMB circulars apply to title II special projects implemented using Financial Assistance instrument for public benefit projects. OMB circulars are not applicable to projects when implemented using partnership transaction on or adjacent to National Forest System (NFS) Lands. No Credentials or documentation are required for title I or title III payments. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. For Title II projects implemented using partnership instrument on or adjacent to NFS lands, 2CFR200 is not applicable for mutual interest-mutual benefit programs.

Award Procedures

Contact a near-by national forest resource advisory committee coordinator for information about awards or other implementation of title II projects recommended by a resource advisory committee prior to the deadline.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000, Division C, Section 601(a), 16. U.S.C. 7101-7153; 16 U.S.C. 500.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

For title II, within 30 days of a rejection decision the Forest Supervisor shall notify the resource advisory committee in writing of the rejection and the reasons for the rejection.

Appeals

A decision to reject a title II project is not subject to administrative appeal or judicial review. (16 U.S.C 7124).

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Statutory Formula: Statutory Formula: Under title I - Secure Payments for States and Counties Containing Federal Land, each county in an eligible state elected to receive one of the following payments: a share of the state?s 25- percent rolling average payment, or a share of the ?State payment? calculated using the formula in the Secure Rural Schools Act. The payment to the state under the Secure Rural Schools Act is the sum of the county elections in that state. The 25-percent payments to states, is an amount equal to the annual average of 25-percent of amounts received for the applicable fiscal year and each of the preceding 6 fiscal years from each national forest. This amount is used to calculate a county?s share of the state?s 25-percent payment. The sum of shares for counties that elect to receive this payment is paid to the state under the Secure Rural Schools Act. State payments for fiscal years 2008 through 2014 were calculated using a complex formula with multiple factors, including acres of proclaimed national forest within an eligible county, the average 3 highest 25-percent payments made to each eligible State for each eligible county for the eligibility period 1986 through 1999, and the annual per capita personal income for each county. The sum of shares for counties that elect to receive this payment is paid to the state under the Secure Rural Schools Act. Matching Requirements: There are no matching requirements for the 25-percent payment to states or for the State payment. Acquisition management regulations and procedures applicable to the Forest Service for purchases, contracts, grants, and agreements may impose matching requirements on title II projects. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program. Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102): The 25-percent payments and State payments for amounts allocated to title I and title III are generally made by December 31st or as soon thereafter as practicable each year after the close of the applicable fiscal year. Title II funds are not paid to the state but are reserved in a special account in the General Treasury available for projects recommended by a resource advisory committee and approved by the Forest Supervisor acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture. The authority for each resource advisory committee to recommend title II projects was extended by P.L. 114-10 until September 30, 2017. Funds unobligated in one fiscal year remain available in the following fiscal year until September 30, 2018 by which time title II funds must be obligated or be returned to the U.S. Treasury. The authority for each county to initiate title III projects was extended by P.L. 114-10 until September 30, 2017. Funds unobligated in one fiscal year remain available in the following fiscal year until September 30, 2018 by which time title III funds must be obligated for authorized uses or be returned to the U.S. Treasury. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Method of awarding/releasing assistance for title I and title III is lump sum. Title II funds are approved by the Forest Supervisor acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Method of awarding/releasing assistance for title I and title III is lump sum. Title II funds are approved by the Forest Supervisor acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture. Matching Requirements: There are no matching requirements for the 25-percent payment to states or for the State payment. Acquisition management regulations and procedures applicable to the Forest Service for purchases, contracts, grants and agreements may impose matching requirements on title II projects. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The 25-percent payments and State payments for amounts allocated to title I and title III are generally made by December 31st or as soon thereafter as practicable each year after the close of the applicable fiscal year. Title II funds are not paid to the State but are reserved in a special account in the General Treasury available for projects recommended by a resource advisory committee and approved by the Forest Supervisor acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture. The authority for each resource advisory committee to recommend title II projects has been extended September 30, 2017. Funds unobligated in one fiscal year remain available in the following fiscal year until September 30, 2018 by which time title II funds must be obligated or be returned to the U.S. Treasury. The authority for each county to initiate title III projects was extended by P.L. 114-10 until September 30, 2017. Funds unobligated in one fiscal year remain available in the following fiscal year until September 30, 2018 by which time title III funds must be obligated for authorized uses or be returned to the U.S. Treasury. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Method of awarding/releasing assistance for title I and title III is lump sum. Title II funds are approved by the Forest Supervisor acting on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture. Certification of title III expenditures and funds not obligated within the calendar year are due by February 1st of the subsequent year for counties having received title III funding.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. For Title II projects implemented using partnership instrument on or adjacent to NFS lands, 2 CFR 200 is not applicable for mutual interest-mutual benefit programs.

Records

Financial and program records must be retained for three years from the date of submission and approval of final financial reports.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-9921-0-2-999.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $2,059,485; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - The Secure Rural Schools program is set to expire on September 30, 2017 but may be reauthorized by Congress (16 U.S.C. 7128).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

25% 7 yr. average: $2 to $1,397,323 ? average: $151,756 (19 states) Title I: $1 to $9,587,418 - average $366,907: (42 states) Title II: $1,922 to $1,294,931 ? average: $98,145 (31 states) Title III: $1,682 to $789,552 ? average: $54,134 (31 states).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

David Bergendorf 201 14th Street, SW, Suite 4 NW, , Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: dwbergendorf@fs.fed.us Phone: 202-205-1468

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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