Outdoor Recreation Acquisition, Development and Planning

To provide financial assistance to the States and their political subdivisions project that are included in Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans (SCORPs) and acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities for the general public, to meet current and future needs.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: CATAWBA ISLAND STATE PARK IMPROVEMENTS, ONES BEACH STATE PARK - WEST GAMES AREA REHABILITATION PROJECT, CHENANGO VALLEY STATE PARK - BEACH AREA IMPROVEMENTS.

Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Fiscal Year 2019: No information 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.

Joel Lynch, joel_lynch@nps.gov, 202-354-6905 State and Local Assistance Program 1849 C Street, NW MS 1353 Washington DC 20240 http:/www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/contact_list.html.

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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Sc Department Of Parks, Recreation & Tourism $ 68,500   2001-04-102030-05-09
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 200,000   2018-09-242022-09-30
Economic And Community Affairs, Alabama Department Of $ 372,300   2018-09-242022-09-30
Economic And Community Affairs, Alabama Department Of $ 208,534   2018-09-242022-09-30
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 200,000   2018-09-242022-09-30
State Parks And Recreation, Oregon Department Of $ 368,958   2018-09-242022-09-30
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 200,000   2018-09-242022-09-30
Economic And Community Affairs, Alabama Department Of $ 229,425   2018-09-242022-09-30
North Carolina Department Of Cultural Resources, The $ 747,600   2018-08-152022-09-30
State Parks And Recreation, Oregon Department Of $ 470,685   2018-09-242022-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Assisted in the acquisition, development, and enhancement of community parks and recreation facilities. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available. Fiscal Year 2019: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Land acquisition and development grants may be used for a wide range of outdoor recreation projects, such as picnic areas, inner city parks, campgrounds, tennis courts, boat launching ramps, bike trails, swimming pools, playing fields, and support facilities such as roads, water supply, etc.

Facilities must be open to the general public and not limited to special groups.

Every park or outdoor recreation area acquired or developed with assistance under this program must remain available and accessible for public outdoor recreation use forever.

Development of basic rather than elaborate facilities is favored.

Operation and maintenance of facilities are not eligible expenses for funding.

States only are also eligible to apply for grants to revise and update existing SCORPs; prepare new SCORPs; conduct statewide surveys, technical studies, data collection and analysis; and for other planning purposes that are clearly related to SCORP refinement and improvement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For planning grants, only the State agency formally designated by the Governor or State law as responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the SCORP is eligible to apply.

(Treated as ?States? for this purpose are the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.) For acquisition and development grants, the above designated agency may apply for assistance for itself, or on behalf of other State agencies or political subdivisions, such as cities, counties, and park districts.

Additionally, Indian tribes that are organized to govern themselves and perform the functions of a general purpose unit of government qualify for assistance.

Individuals, nonprofit organizations, and private organizations are not eligible. The general public.

For planning grants, same as Applicant Eligibility. The State Liaison Officer (SLO), who is appointed by the Governor or designated in State legislation to administer the program in the State or Territory, must provide assurance that the project is consistent with the SCORP; i.e., that it meets high priority recreation needs shown in the action program portion of the Plan. The State must have a sufficient balance of LWCF funding and the required match available for the project.

The sponsoring agency must permanently dedicate the project to public outdoor recreation and assume responsibility for its operation and maintenance.

SCORPs must cite the State's legal authority to participate in the Land and Water Conservation Fund program. 2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public. For planning grants, same as Applicant Eligibility.

Credentials/Documentation

The State Liaison Officer (SLO), who is appointed by the Governor or designated in State legislation to administer the program in the State or Territory, must provide assurance that the project is consistent with the SCORP; i.e., that it meets high priority recreation needs shown in the action program portion of the Plan. The State must have a sufficient balance of LWCF funding and the required match available for the project. The sponsoring agency must permanently dedicate the project to public outdoor recreation and assume responsibility for its operation and maintenance. SCORPs must cite the State's legal authority to participate in the Land and Water Conservation Fund program. 2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The SLO has the prerogative for initial determination of project eligibility, priority need, and order of fund assistance within the State.

All project proposals are submitted to the National Park Service by the SLO.

Environmental impact information is required for this program; a screening form is used to determine whether an EA or EIS is necessary.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov. Proposals selected by the State for sub-award and forwarded to NPS must be accompanied by the standard federal application forms required by 2 CFR Part 200.

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response to announcements on grants.gov are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year. All grants are made to the State lead agency and if applicable passed through to the project sponsor, whether State or local government.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

54 U.S.C. §200305 Land and Water Conservation Fund, Assistance to States, and; 54 U.S.C. §101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 days from the time the State submits the final application to the NPS. However, the state itself may have processes that add to that time.

Appeals

State may appeal to the Secretary of the Interior.

Renewals

Project agreements may be amended to change the scope, funding amount, or duration. Must be approved by the National Park Service.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Statutory Formula: Each year, States and Territories receive an overall allocation of funds based on a statutory formula. Depending on the amount appropriated by Congress, a certain percentage is split equally among States The remaining percentage is apportioned on the basis of need. Matching Requirements: Matching Requirements: The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act requires that the share of federal funds not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost. Generally, match must be derived from State, local, or private sources, but under certain conditions all or part of the project sponsor's matching share may be from other Federal assistance programs, such as Community Development Block Grants, when such use is allowable under the other program?s sponsoring legislation. Otherwise, no other Federal funds may be applied to the project cost, even if all matching requirements are met. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for obligation during the fiscal year in which they are appropriated and for the two following fiscal years. The assistance period for individual projects varies and may be extended but on average is three years. Complex projects may be broken down into stages, with one being initially approved and the remainder qualified for activation at a later date. Except for project preparation costs, all costs must be incurred within the project period to be eligible for reimbursement. Planning projects may not be phased. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: On an average of three years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

All projects are monitored for progress through consolidated performance reports, which should be at least annually.

State inspection reports are submitted every 5 years on completed projects stating whether the properties acquired and/or developed with fund assistance are still being used in accordance with the agreement.

For planning projects, end products are specified in the application for assistance.

Consolidated performance reports are required which should be at least annually.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Program Performance Report.

Audits

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. .

Records

Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5035-0-2-303.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 17 $75,932,422; FY 18 est $65,000,000; and FY 19 est $65,000,000 - FY17: $75,932,422 FY18 est: $65,000,000 FY19 est: $65,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $5,000.00 - $2,000,000.00 Average: $200,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

36 CFR Part 59, FR 51 No. 186, September 25, 1986 (amended June 15, 1987). The Federal Financial Assistance Manual for the Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program (vol. 69, effective 10/1/2008)

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Joel Lynch, joel_lynch@nps.gov, 202-354-6905 State and Local Assistance Program 1849 C Street, NW MS 1353 Washington DC 20240 http:/www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/contact_list.html.

Headquarters Office

Joel Lynch State and Local Assistance Program 1849 C Street, NW MS 1353 , Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: joel_lynch@nps.gov Phone: (202) 354-6905 Fax: (202) 371-5179

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

At the Federal level each project must be in accord with a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Beyond this, the selection of projects is made by the State Liaison Officer of each State who is responsible for the administration of the 15.916 program in his State. Each State has its own selection process and project rating system, which is approved by NPS.



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