American Battlefield Protection
Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC
on Jun 24, 2005
Purpose of this program:
Promote the protection and preservation of battlefield lands on American soil by funding non- acquisition preservation methods such as planning, education, survey and inventory.
Possible uses and use restrictions...
Funds may be used for projects resulting in the protection and preservation of battlefield lands and their associated sites on American soil. No funding is given to projects dealing with acquisition of properties or land in fee or interest, payment of rent on properties or land, fund raising, lobbying, battle reenactments, new construction or reconstruction of historic resources, permanent staff positions, object or material culture curation or other on-going activities, academic scholarships, capital construction or improvement projects (site excavation, trail or road construction, parking lots, visitor centers, scene restoration, etc.). Applications for projects associated with NPS-owned sites must focus on resources outside the NPS boundaries.
Who is eligible to apply...
Applicant may be Federal, intrastate, interstate, State and local agencies, public or private nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territory and possessions, Native American organizations, State colleges and universities, public and private colleges and universities. Multi-organizational applications are encouraged.
Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.
About this section:
This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy.
For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree,
3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible.
Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they
Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications
are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs,
the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.
How to apply...
Applicants should contact the American Battlefield Protection Program in early September to obtain an application for funding. Applicants will receive a Standard Form 424- Request for Federal Assistance, and a Certificate Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug-Free Workplace Requirements and Lobbying, DI-2010. Forms must be completed and returned to the American Battlefield Protection Program by the date listed in the Application Guidelines.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
Award amounts are based on the review panel's recommendations. Reviewers include American Battlefield Protection Program staff and regional supporting staff, NPS historians and NPS archeologists. Each application is scored individually based on a standardized series of questions.
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.
Deadlines and process...
Contact the American Battlefield Protection Program for application deadlines at (202) 354-2037.
When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will
be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received.
When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applications are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the National Park Service by the end of the Federal fiscal year.
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's program has been selected for review.
This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units
prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.
In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission
of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or
applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Provision of additional funding will require that the applicant submit a follow-up proposal for the additional funding. The period of performance for a grant may be extended without provision of additional funds through mutual agreement of the beneficiary and the National Park Service.
In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.
Who can benefit...
Federal, intrastate, interstate, State and local agencies, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territories and possessions, Native American organizations, State college or universities, public and private colleges and universities.
About this section:
This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.
What types of assistance...
The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.
How much financial aid...
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$1,000 to $75,000; $25,000.
This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.
(Grants) FY 03 $365,000; FY 04 est $300,000; and FY 05 est $300,000.
The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.
Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program.
This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.
Examples of funded projects...
1) $21,000 in technical assistance helped in creating a county-wide Vision and Protection Plan for a county and its local battlefield. 2) $20,000 in assistance has been awarded for the development of a state-wide heritage trail. 3) $18,050 used to complete and submit a National Register Nomination for a Virginia battlefield. 4) $20,000 in funding has gone towards an archeological survey of a Missouri battlefield. 5) $25,000 was given to a local battlefield commission to pay for the services of a part-time staff person to implement the local battlefield protection plan.
About this section
This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.
As of fiscal year 2001, the program has received more than 550 applications for projects, of which more than 260 have been awarded monies, for a total of $6,400,000 awarded through funding agreements.
Criteria for selecting proposals...
Applications received are scored on the following criteria: Site significance; Level of Threat; Preservation Opportunity; Well-Planned Objectives, Tasks, and Schedules; Qualifications and Coordination of Partner Organization(s); Realistic Budget and Matching Resources.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project duration should generally be for one year or less. Project funds may be requested as advances and/or reimbursements, with the final payment being a reimbursement. The project must be complete before final payment may be requested. All awarded funds must be expended by the grant end date specified in the grant agreement.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Awardees must comply with Department of the Interior regulations and requirements governing grants stipulated in 43 CFR 12. There are no matching fund requirements.
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.
Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.
In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.
Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.
Post assistance requirements...
Quarterly progress/accounting reports, sent directly to the American Battlefield Protection Program, are required for all projects. A final project report is required of all projects.
This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.
This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency.
The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133.
These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year,
as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period,
rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).
Records for grants awarded to State and Local Governments must be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for grants awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations must be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations."
This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require.
Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office.
For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C.
For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.
Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996; American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996, Section 604, Public Law 104-333, 110 Stat. 4173, 16 U.S.C. 469k.
This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).
Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature
Regulated by 43 CFR Part 12 (all sections).