National Heritage Area Federal Financial Assistance

The purpose of designation as a National Heritage Area is to preserve and interpret for the educational and inspirational benefit of present and future generations the unique and significant contributions to our national heritage of certain historic and cultural lands, waterways, and structures, to encourage

a broad range of economic opportunities enhancing the quality of life within the designated area, and provide a management framework to assist state/local government entities, non profits, and others in developing policies and programs that will preserve, enhance, and interpret the cultural, historical, natural, recreation, and scenic resources of the heritage area.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The program has funded heritage area management plans, heritage corridor planning, and similar projects.

Fiscal Year 2017: No information available.

Fiscal Year 2018: 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.

Regional Coordinators and individual heritage area contacts are listed at

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Northwestern State University Of Louisiana $ 18,600   2013-08-302016-05-31
Looking For Lincoln Heritage Coalition $ 200,000   2009-09-112014-09-30
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Over 50 entities received funding for a variety of projects that supported large-scale, community-centered initiatives that connect local citizens to the preservation, conservation, and planning processes. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding and/or assistance is managed by an agency, nonprofit or other organized party identified in the public law that created the National Heritage Area. Funding is to accomplish intended purpose specified within each individual National Heritage Area's public law. Funding applies to interpretation and education, recreation, preservation and conservation and economic development of the region applied specifically to the nationally important story for which they were established.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, or tribal government or other public entity, an educational institution, or a private nonprofit organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public, states, their political subdivisions, non-profits, private entities, the heritage area management/coordinating entity.


2 CFR Part 200, in its entirety, applies to this program. 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. 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

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response announcements on 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.


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


54 U.S.C. 101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 USC 101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority; 54 U.S.C. 101702(b) Cooperative Agreements, Cooperative Research and Training Programs, and; Pub. L. 109?338, 1(a), Oct. 12, 2006, 120 Stat. 1783 National Heritage Areas Act of 2006.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact. Generally 30 ? 90 days.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: 50% recipient cost share is required under this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Depends on complexity of project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Advances or reimbursements for no more than 50% of their authorized financial activities.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

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.


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.


Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $20,000,000; FY 17 est $17,000,000; and FY 18 est $17,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $4,000.00- $650,000.00 Average: $215,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Coordinators and individual heritage area contacts are listed at

Headquarters Office

Martha Raymond, 1201 'Eye' Street, NW 6th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: Phone: (202) 354-2222.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on

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