Minerals Leasing Act

As directed by the Minerals Leasing Act, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) shares 50 percent (90 percent for Alaska) of mineral leasing revenue with States.

Since 2008 payments were subjected to a two percent reduction, as required by Public Law 111-322.

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.

Office of Natural Resources Revenue, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop 4211, Washington, DC 20240.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To be used by States as the legislature directs giving priority to those subdivisions of the State that are socially or economically impacted by the development of minerals leased, for (1) planning, (2) construction and maintenance of public facilities, and (3) provision of public service.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Revenue from public land leasing will trigger automatic payment distribution computed in accordance with the Law.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State governments in which Federal leased lands and minerals are located.


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 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. No application is necessary.

Award Procedures

Automatic distribution is made as authorized by Law.


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


Minerals, Lands and Mining, 30 U.S.C 191, 191a, 355, Comp Gen B-220699, PL 111-88.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

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

No applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are 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.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5003-0-0-000 - 14X5003.


(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 17 $1,395,081,000; FY 18 est $1,647,867,000; and FY 19 est $1,824,498,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Office of Natural Resources Revenue, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop 4211, Washington, DC 20240.

Headquarters Office

Director U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop 4211, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 513-0600

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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