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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used by to support a wide range of Trust Reform initiatives, including will clinics, Estate Planning, development and administration of informational seminars, and development and administration of conventional and alternative asset management processes and other trust reform activities.
All funds must be expended on behalf of American Indians or Alaska Natives, as defined in any Federal Statute.
Funds may be used for salaries of personnel specifically employed for the project; consultant fees; supplies and equipment necessary to conduct the project; essential travel expenses and student stipends; and other expenses related to the project.
Indirect costs are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the project, generally limited to 15 percent of direct costs.
It is expected funds expended for salaries will be used in a modest and reasonable manner, using the Federal pay scale as a guide.
Eligible applicants are: Indian tribes; Alaska Native Corporations; Indian or Alaska Native Foundations; Indian or Alaska Native non-profits; qualifying corporations; qualifying contractors; qualifying individual consultants, Law Schools accredited by a recognized body or bodies or state agency, Legal Aid organizations and ULCs.
Schools must be located in the 50 states or the District of Columbia.
Beneficiaries will include organizations that will provide direct and defined service to Tribal and Individual beneficiaries. Eligible beneficiaries are: Alaska Native Corporations; Indian or Alaska Native Foundations; Indian or Alaska Native non-profits; qualifying corporations; qualifying contractors; Law Schools accredited by a recognized body or bodies or state agency, Legal Aid organizations and ULCs. Schools must be located in the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Project participants must be in an accredited program, a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Tribal Government Beneficiaries: Federally Recognized Tribal Governments? Legal Aid and Assistance programs that are qualified to perform the work specified in the Grant Notice.
Service Provider Documentation will include: Proof of accreditation, certification, of 501c3 status, articles of incorporation, and professional licenses if required. Documentation, required at the point of service, may include Tribal Enrollment Number, Land Asset Number or IIM Account Number of the client served. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An informal conference with an OST project management representative is recommended. OMB Circulars A-102 and A-110 apply to this program. Applications shall include detailed information as required in the Funding Opportunity Notice (Grants Notice). Completed applications should be submitted using the grants.gov website at : http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html .
The dollar value of the award depends upon the amount that is available for the project and will be set in accordance with project requirements (specified in the Grants Notice). The Interior Business Center will inform the Awardee as to the details of the grant as awarded.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
The American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994, 25 USC § 4025(a) ; The American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994, 25 USC § 4045(b):; The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004, 25 USC 2206(f).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 60 to 90 days. Applications will be processed within 90 days.
An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals.
Funding agreements may be for a single or multi-year period and renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the Grantee. However, any renewal is subject to availability of funds.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the service provider/grantee, or until the end of the Calendar year. Awards can also be made at the beginning of each quarter, depending on availability of funds and project requirements. P. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of payments will be arranged with the grantee.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reporting expectations will be specified in the Grant offer, but generally include: tracking and accounting for expenditures; and monthly reports on project performance and progress.
Reporting requirements will be detailed and comprehensive.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Progress reports are not applicable.
Expenditure reports are not applicable.
Performance monitoring is 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.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
14-0000-0-0-000 - 14XD0120AF/DT28400000, 15XD0120AF/DT28400000.
(Salaries) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 2016 projection 250000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 16: 6000.00- 149,000.00 (projected) Average award: unknown.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Deputy Regional Trust Administrator- Field operations 4400 Masthead Ave, NE Albuquerque NM 87109. Phone number is 505-816-1258.
Megan Olsen Department of the Interior 1849 C. Street NW, Room 4257, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: email@example.com Phone: 202-513-0692
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
All complete applications will be considered and the following criteria will be applied prior to an award being issued: Tribal Government Endorsement, Experience of the Applicant in serving the communities identified, Cost/benefit analysis, and Risk/benefit analysis.
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