National Geospatial Program: Building The National Map


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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The program funded projects that met the goals and objectives of the program.

Fiscal Year 2018: The program funded projects that met the goals and objectives of the program.

Fiscal Year 2019: No current data available.

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.

For individually-awarded projects, contact the appropriate office, depending on the location of the study.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Received 13 applications and issued 11 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: Received 16 applications and issued 10 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Applications must be for data collection and research projects which are consistent with the objectives of the National Geospatial Program.

The majority of funds are used to support new data collections that will enhance The National Map and to research new methods to use those data.

For further information, please contact the headquarters office.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Proposals from State, Local, Interstate, Federally or State recognized Indian Tribal Governments, US Territories and Possessions, Institutions of Higher Education, Private Foundations, and Nonprofit Organizations are invited.

Due to limited availability of funding to support new external projects, consultation with the U.S.

Geological Survey (USGS) is strongly recommended prior to submission of applications.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Interstate, State, intrastate, and local government agencies, educational institutions, private firms, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups, U.S. territories and possessions, public decision makers, research scientists, engineers, graduate students, students/trainees, and the general public will ultimately benefit from knowledge gained under the program.


Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Notwithstanding the provision OMB Circular A-110, Subpart C, _.25(e)(1), discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are strongly encouraged, as limited funding is available for new projects.

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. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement packages and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (


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


Organic Act of 1879; 43 U.S.C. 31; 43 U.S.C. 36c; 43 U.S.C. 36d; Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2003, Public Law 108-7.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

One to six months.


Not applicable except that application may be revised and resubmitted.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. Matching funds may be required for this program. Recipients may be required or encouraged to share in the cost of each project. See program announcements for funding details specific to each opportunity. Typical appropriations language requires cooperating State and local governments to contribute at least one-half of the cost of cooperative mapping projects. Proposals with 50% or greater matching funds will receive the highest consideration in order to maximize benefits from these assistance funds. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim annual reports.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.


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. Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.


Records shall be retained and made available for audit for 3 years after submission of final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $2,350,000; FY 18 est $3,563,000; and FY 19 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$25,000 to $770,500; average $134,682.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. For individually-awarded projects, contact the appropriate office, depending on the location of the study.

Headquarters Office

National Geospatial Program, Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 511, Reston, Virginia 20192 Phone: (703) 648-5519.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Panels of expert geographers, cartographers, physical scientists and geodesists within the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will review and evaluate all applications consistent with authorized USGS program purposes. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the mission of the National Geospatial Program of the USGS . Other factors include geographic location and areal extent, value to potential partners, technical qualifications of the recipients, and amount of matching funds.

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