OSM/VISTA AmeriCorps

The purpose of the OSMRE Youth Program is to carry out appropriate environmental projects cooperatively with non-profit IRS 501(c) (3) eligible applicants that have access to AmeriCorps Volunteers to Service to America positions through partnership with the Corporation for National and Community or other
intermediary organization on issues impacting coal communities and historic coal mining areas.

The goal is to promote and stimulate public purposes such as education, job training, development of responsible citizenship and productive community involvement.

The program is designed to further the understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources through the involvement of youth and young adults.

It is also designed to continue the longstanding efforts of OSMRE to provide opportunities for public service, youth employment, minority youth development, training, and participation of young adults in accomplishing environmental-related work.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Program accomplishments have not been reported for FY2017.

The program anticipates projects accomplishing projects related to environmental education, healthy food access, community development, reclamation, and data monitoring.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that facilitate local-level environmental reclamation and community development work.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program anticipates funding projects that facilitate local-level environmental reclamation and community development work.

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.

Website Address


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Camp Mcdowell $ 2,500   2007-10-012008-12-31
Savage River Watershed Association, Inc. $ 2,500   2007-10-012008-12-31
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY2017 the program anticipates to provide 264 work opportunities for youth. Fiscal Year 2018: By FY2018, participants of the program will have planted over 1 million trees on abandoned mine lands as part of reclamation work. Fiscal Year 2019: Estimate is based on prior year funding levels.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding for the OSMRE Youth Initiative is used to support an innovative partnership working directly with OSMRE and community and watershed improvement groups addressing poverty, environmental reclamation and safety, community environmental stewardship, economic improvement, environmental education, environmental research, geographic information systems, environmental mapping, and more.

There are three structured programs under the OSMRE Youth Initiative.

Each program is funded through a separate Cooperative Agreement.

Please refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted every other year on grants.gov with specific requirements for each program.

OSMRE AmeriCorps Program Utilizing AmeriCorps State and National positions, OSMRE enters into a Cooperative Agreement with a non-profit sponsor to administer the OSMRE/AmeriCorps Program.

This program places recent graduates from academic and vocational institutions in OSMRE Regional, Field Offices and Headquarters, for one year to gain experience in the work of OSMRE and the Federal government.

Participants are mentored by OSMRE staff and exposed to various professional development and training opportunities.

The OSMRE/AmeriCorps Program may fund up to 25 participants annually.

OSMRE Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Program Utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA, OSMRE enters into a Cooperative Agreement with a non-profit sponsor to administer the OSMRE/VISTA Program.

This Program places recent graduates from academic and vocational institutions in non-profit organizations in communities impacted by mining practices.

The goal of the OSMRE/VISTA Program is to build capacity and economic opportunities in impoverished communities, with an emphasis on helping underserved populations.

The OSMRE/VISTA Program may fund up to 60 participants annually.

OSMRE Semester Internship Program OSMRE enters into a Cooperative Agreement with a non-profit sponsor to administer the OSMRE Semester Internship Program.

This program provides students with a meaningful work experience in OSMRE offices nationwide and an opportunity to develop significant workplace skills during their service.

Semester Interns are tasked with projects that significantly contribute to their professional development.

Assignments may include policy research, data analysis, environmental impact studies, and public outreach activities related to underground and surface coal mining activities.

The OSMRE Semester Intern Program may fund up to 15 participants annually.

See the Notice of Notice of Funding Opportunity for specific selection criteria and use of funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The not-for-profit sponsor organization will be responsible for the daily operation of the OSMRE/VISTA Program, working closely with OSMRE to ensure the program aligns with the mission of the Bureau.

Eligible sponsor organizations will have, at minimum, the following to be considered eligible: ? Have a 501(c)(3) status ? Have access to AmeriCorps positions through partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, or other intermediary organization ? Have the organizational capacity to oversee participants in the field and across the country.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Youth and local communities that benefit from reclamation of abandoned mine lands; Youth interested in gaining experience in a Federal agency.


Proof of not-for-profit, IRS 501(c)(3), status is required of participating organizations. 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.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application should be submitted in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) posted on Grant.gov. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the program objectives utilizing the SF?424 series or other forms prescribed in the NOFO by the application deadline.

Award Procedures

? Applications submitted through grant.gov in response to a NOFO will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed to determine whether they are eligible, complete, and responsive and aligned with the respective program objectives and research grant areas as described in the Program Description ? Applications determined to be ineligible, incomplete, and/or non-responsive based on the initial screening will be eliminated from further review. ? Applications that are determined to be eligible, complete, and responsive will proceed for full merit reviews in accordance with the review and selection processes set forth below for each of the respective programs. ? At least three objective reviewers, knowledgeable in the subject matter of this NOFO and its objectives, will evaluate each application based on the evaluation criteria ? Each reviewer will assign individual scores to each criterion for each application. ? The scores provided by each reviewer for each application will then be combined to form a composite score for each application, which serves as the basis for the relative ordering or ranking of applications. ? OSMRE may select some, all, or none of the applications, or part(s) of any particular application. ? The OSMRE Field Directors or his/her designee approves and awards cooperative agreements for this program.


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


Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, as amended; Public Law 95-87; 91 Stat. 445-532 ;Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013; Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 or the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973. Authority: 5 CFR 315.605.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 days. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement 1849 C Street NW Main Interior Building, Room 4545 Washington DC, 20240 Tele: (202) 208-2868.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are not applicable; Each recipient grantee may apply for non-funded extensions of time as necessary to complete the project up to one year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. Applicants are encouraged to make monetary contributions or provide in-kind services. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The intern program is usually a full-time position for 10-15 weeks. Each OSMRE/VISTA position is awarded to the host organization for a three-year full-time period. Each OSMRE/VISTA Volunteer must make, at least, a one year commitment. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded: www.osmrevista.org or www.gobridgenet.org. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly and a final programmatic report using the applicable SF- Performance Progress Report (PPR) are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Quarterly and a final financial report using the Federal Financial Report SF 425 are required.

Quarterly performance is required.


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, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report; If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken, in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart D §200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 17 $357,500; FY 18 est $357,500; and FY 19 est $0 - OSMRE AmeriCorps Program: (Direct payments for Specified Use) 2017 $357,500 BY 2018 est. $357,500. FY19 estimate is based on prior year funding levels. (Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 17 $200,000; FY 18 est $200,000; and FY 19 est $0 - OSMRE/VISTA Team: (Direct payments for Specified Use) PY 2017 est. $200,000; and BY 2018 est. $200,000. FY19 estimate is based on prior year funding levels. (Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 17 $80,701; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0 - OSMRE Intern Program: (Direct payments for Specified Use) FY 2017 est. $80,701.52 and FY 2018 estimate is based on prior year funding levels. FY19 estimate is based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$87,000 ? $700,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-87) as amended.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Yolande J.C. Norman Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement 1849 C Street NW Main Interior Building, Room 4545, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 208-2585.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria used to evaluate and select proposal will be based on objective merit review, program policy factors, provisions of appropriation laws, reports, and as otherwise specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. A sponsoring organization should be able to work closely with OSMRE to ensure compliance with OSMRE requirements and needs for the program. The sponsor organization must be able to organize their responsibilities and work well with community groups and have experience and/or understanding of mining impacts on communities as well the environment is an added benefit.

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