Special Projects

To assist various organizations identified by Congress or through non-competitive grants that promote the availability and support new sources of advanced telecommunications.

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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is provided to implement specific projects identified by Congress or through non-competitive grants for projects that promote the availability and support new sources of advanced telecommunications.

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.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. None.

Award Procedures

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


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


Varies, includes American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Public Law 111-5, 123 Stat. 115.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


All award decisions are final. There is no administrative appeal process.


Renewals are contingent upon future Congressional funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies depending on project. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


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.


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

13-0550-0-1-376; 13-0550-0-2-376; 13-0550-0-1-376.


(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Wayne A. Ritchie, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 4888, NTIA/OTIA, Washignton, District of Columbia 20230 Email: writchie@ntia.doc.gov Phone: (202) 482-5515

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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