United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
07/02/18 5:00 ET Receipt or Midnight ET Receipt via Grants.gov
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to offer technical assistance and training as it relates to community facilities programs in rural areas. Grantees will assist rural communities in activities such as planning for and identifying facility needs, improving facilities management.
The Agency will make grants to public bodies and private nonprofit corporations, (such as States, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations) to provide associations Technical Assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. The Technical Assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian Tribes, and Nonprofit Corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. Once those needs have been identified, the Grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs.
Eligible Areas: Rural areas including cities, villages, townships, towns and Federally Recognized Tribal Lands outside the boundaries of a city of 20,000 or more.
Eligible Use of Funds:
-Assist communities in identifying and planning for community facility needs;
-Identify resources to finance community facility needs from public and private sources;
-Prepare reports and surveys necessary to request financial assistance to develop community facilities;
-Prepare applications for Agency financial assistance;
-Improve the management, including financial management, related to the operation of community facilities; or
-Assist with other areas of need identified by the Secretary.
The Agency encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help improve life in rural America. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation. Key strategies include:
-Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America
-Developing the Rural Economy
-Harnessing Technological Innovation
-Supporting a Rural Workforce
-Improving Quality of Life
GrantWatch ID#: 152569
Expected Number of Awards: 15
Award Amounts: Grants will be made in amounts based upon the availability of grant funds, but no grant award will exceed $150,000. Grant awards made to Ultimate Recipients will not exceed $50,000. The Agency reserves the right to reduce funding amounts based on the Agency’s determination of available funding or other Agency funding priorities.
Awards will be made from available funding on or before September 15, 2018.
-Federally Recognized Tribes
Additional Eligibility Information:
Both the applicant and the use of funds must meet eligibility requirements. The applicant eligibility requirements can be found at 7 CFR 3570.262. Eligible project purposes can be found at 7 CFR 3570.263. Ineligible project purposes can be found at 7 CFR 3570.264. Restrictions substantially similar to Sections 743, 744, 745, and 746 outlined in Title VII, ‘‘General Provisions—Government-Wide’’ of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114–113) will apply unless noted on the Rural Development website (https://www.rd.usda.gov/ programs-services/community-facilities- technical-assistance-and-training-grant).
Any corporation (i) that has been convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months or (ii) that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible for financial assistance provided with funds, unless a Federal agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and has made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government.
In addition, none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this or any other Act may be available for a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with an entity that requires employees or contractors of such entity seeking to report fraud, waste, or abuse to sign internal confidentiality agreements or statements prohibiting or otherwise restricting such employees or contractors from lawfully reporting such waste, fraud, or abuse to a designated investigative or law enforcement representative of a Federal department or agency authorized to receive such information.
Additionally, no funds appropriated in this or any other Act may be used to implement or enforce the agreements in Standard Forms 312 and 4414 of the Government or any other nondisclosure policy, form, or agreement if such policy, form, or agreement does not contain the following provisions: ‘‘These provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights, or liabilities created by existing statute or Executive order relating to (1) classified information, (2) communications to Congress, (3) the reporting to an Inspector General of a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or (4) any other whistleblower protection.’’
Matching funds are not required but preference is giving to applications with cash matching funds. In-kind contributions cannot be used as matching funds. Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities are encouraged
To apply for funds, the Agency must receive the application by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 2, 2018. Electronic applications must be submitted via grants.gov by Midnight Eastern time on July 2, 2018. The Agency will not consider any application received after this deadline.
Prior to official submission of applications, applicants may request technical assistance or other application guidance from the Agency, as long as such requests are made prior to June 22, 2018. Technical assistance is not meant to be an analysis or assessment of the quality of the materials submitted, a substitute for agency review of completed applications, nor a determination of eligibility, if such determination requires in-depth analysis.
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