Veterans Cemetery Grants Program

To assist States and federally recognized tribal governments in the establishment, expansion, and improvement of veterans' cemeteries.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2015: Funded projects include a flag assembly area, roads, entry way, burial areas, landscaping and irrigation.

Fiscal Year 2016: Funded projects include a flag assembly area, roads, entry way, burial areas, landscaping and irrigation.

Fiscal Year 2017: Funded projects include a flag assembly area, roads, entry way, burial areas, landscaping and irrigation.


Agency - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran's benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.

Website Address

http://www.va.gov


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Seminole Nation Of Oklahoma, The $ 452,742   2017-02-14
Veterans Affairs, Minnesota Department Of $ 10,115,299   2017-02-14
Military And Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department Of $ 10,405,320   2017-01-20
Military, Wyoming Department Of $ 803,034   2017-01-19
Human Services, Rhode Island Dept Of $ 1,126,640   2017-01-19
Defense, Veterans & Emergency Management, Maine Dept Of $ 778,089   2017-01-19
Veterans Affairs, Minnesota Department Of $ 1,381,971   2017-01-19
Tennessee Department Of Veterans Services $ 4,330,701   2017-01-19
Veterans' Affairs, Arkansas Dept Of $ 4,449,375   2017-01-19
Military And Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department Of $ 2,856,750   2017-01-19



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: To date the program has awarded more than $664 million dollars to establish, expand, or improve 104 state and tribal government cemeteries in 47 states and territories (including Guam and Saipan). Fiscal Year 2016: To date the program has awarded more than $664 million dollars to establish, expand, or improve 104 state and tribal government cemeteries in 47 states and territories (including Guam and Saipan). Fiscal Year 2017: To date the program has awarded more than $664 million dollars to establish, expand, or improve 104 state and tribal government cemeteries in 47 states and territories (including Guam and Saipan).

Uses and Use Restrictions

Monetary assistance is provided under this program to establish, expand, and improve State or Tribal government veterans? cemeteries.

Cemeteries must be State or Tribal Government owned and operated solely for the interment of eligible veterans and their dependents and/or spouses.

Construction cost means the amount found necessary to convert a tract of land to an operational cemetery.

*Tribal Government refers to the 565 federally recognized tribal governments.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any State may apply. Any federal recognized tribal government.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The cemetery must be used solely for the interment of veterans, their wives, husbands, surviving spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children who were physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self support: section 38 CFR Part 38.620.

Credentials/Documentation

..OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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.

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. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Submit Standard Form 424, 'Application for Federal Assistance for Construction Programs,' with attachments, to the Director, Veterans Cemetery Grants Service (40A3), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20420.

Award Procedures

Formal notification of the award to the State or Tribal Government is made by the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery Administration.

Deadlines

Jul 01, 2017: A deadline of July 1st is established for the filing of applications in the year prior to the fiscal year in which funding is requested. A deadline of July 1st is established for the filing of applications in the year prior to the fiscal year in which funding is requested.

Authorization

Veterans Housing Benefits Act of 1978, Section 202, 38 U.S.C 2408.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are provided by electronic transfer of funds and must be used within 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Outlay Report and Request for Reimbursement for Construction Programs, and Performance Reports are accomplished in accord with 38 CFR Part 43.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), 'Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,' nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of three years. If any claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records shall be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

36-0183-0-1-703.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 15 $46,678,221; FY 16 Estimate Not Available; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of Financial Assistance from 1980 $2,897 to 14,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

VA Regulations 38 CFR Parts 39 and 43, State Cemetery Grant Program and 'Federal Assistance for Establishment, Expansion, and Improvement of State Veterans' Cemeteries (State Cemetery Grants Program)' (VA Pamphlet 40-96).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

George D. Eisenbach, Jr. 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Phone: 202-632-7369

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are prioritized and ranked with other projects in the order received. The priority system consists of four groups or categories. Examples: The extent to which States and tribal governments have adequate funds to initiate and complete the design process required for approval for the grant program, and the extent to which a project involves additional gravesites necessary to keep the cemetery open.



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