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Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Battlefield Acquisition and Protection

Number: 15.936
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.936 Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Battlefield Acquisition and Protection
Federal Agency (030):
National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation's land and easement acquisition efforts concentrate on the battlefields named by Congress in the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District and Commission Act of 1996. These battlefields, listed in the table below, include more than 21,000 acres of core battlefield that retain historic integrity, largely because they are still in active farm and forest uses. Less than ten percent of this essential resource is protected from development that would destroy its historic value., Section 606, Public Law 104-333.
Objectives (050):
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation works to protect eligible Civil War battlefields in the National Historic District through land and conservation easement acquisition and preservation planning.
Types of Assistance (060):
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Grants must be used to acquire battlefield land or to acquire a permanent, protective interest (i.e., a perpetual protective easement) in battlefield land. Additional costs associated with the acquisition - such as appraisal costs, survey fees, title insurance, and other closing costs - are also eligible grant costs. Lands located within the legislative boundaries of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park may receive funding through this program. Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants may be used to pay up to 100% of the total cost- the sum of both the cost of the land or protective easement to be purchased and any necessary fees- of the real estate transaction. No match is required. Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Commission Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-333). authorizes this grant program. The Act allows Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWFC) monies to be used to provide the Federal share of the cost of acquiring interests in eligible Civil War battlefield land. the Act requires that any interest in land acquired under this program "...shall be subject to section 6(f)(3) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 4601-8(f)(3)." Section 6(f)(3) requires that any land acquired with these funds be preserved and not converted to other uses without the express written consent of the Secretary of the Interior. The grantee Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation must record with or in the deed and record in the easement (as applicable) the following: (1) That the property was acquired with assistance from Federal Land and Water Conservation Act funds pursuant to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District and Commission Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-333). (2) That the property, therefore, is subject to the provisions of Section 6 (f)(3) of the Land and Water Conservation Act: (3) That the property, therefore, may never be converted to other than preservation uses without the written approval of the Secretary of the Interior; (4) That in the event of a breach of the requirements of Section 6(f)(3) (unauthorized conversion), the only remedy is immediate compliance with Section 6(f)(3); and (5) That grant funds cannot be repaid to the NPS to nullify the requirements of Section 6(f)(3). The fundamental purpose of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is to help acquire and/or develop public outdoor recreation areas. Accordingly, grantee Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation must provide for public access to lands or interests in lands acquired with assistance from this program, subject to necessary and reasonable measures on the part of the grantee to protect to protect the historic features of the battlefield from damage or loss. Where the grantee will place an easement that indicates the type and degree of public access to be made available to the property. At a minimum, lands purchased with LWCF funds must be visible from public right-of-way. Before the NPS will release grant funds, the NPS must receive and approve a property appraisal to the NPS that supports the proposed acquisition cost. The appraisal must be completed within 1 year of the signing of the contract to purchase the property. The cost of the appraisal is an allowable cost for this grant. None of the funds may be used to process any grant or contract documents which do not include the text of 18 U.S.C. 1913 prohibiting lobbying with appropriated funds. Grants will be awarded pursuant to duly approved written applications. Use of these funds is subject to compliance with 43 CFR 12 and the terms of the grant agreement to be executed by the grantee and the National Park Service. There is a dollar-for-dollar matching share requirement to receive these funds. Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Commission Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-333). authorizes this grant program. The Act allows Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWFC) monies to be used to provide the Federal share of the cost of acquiring interests in eligible Civil War battlefield land. the Act requires that any interest in land acquired under this program "...shall be subject to section 6(f)(3) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 4601-8(f)(3)." Section 6(f)(3) requires that any land acquired with these funds be preserved and not converted to other uses without the express written consent of the Secretary of the Interior. The grantee Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation must record with or in the deed and record in the easement (as applicable) the following: (1) That the property was acquired with assistance from Federal Land and Water Conservation Act funds pursuant to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District and Commission Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-333). (2) That the property, therefore, is subject to the provisions of Section 6 (f)(3) of the Land and Water Conservation Act: (3) That the property, therefore, may never be converted to other than preservation uses without the written approval of the Secretary of the Interior; (4) That in the event of a breach of the requirements of Section 6(f)(3) (unauthorized conversion), the only remedy is immediate compliance with Section 6(f)(3); and (5) That grant funds cannot be repaid to the NPS to nullify the requirements of Section 6(f)(3). The fundamental purpose of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is to help acquire and/or develop public outdoor recreation areas. Accordingly, grantee Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation must provide for public access to lands or interests in lands acquired with assistance from this program, subject to necessary and reasonable measures on the part of the grantee to protect to protect the historic features of the battlefield from damage or loss. Where the grantee will place an easement that indicates the type and degree of public access to be made available to the property. At a minimum, lands purchased with LWCF funds must be visible from public right-of-way. Before the NPS will release grant funds, the NPS must receive and approve a property appraisal to the NPS that supports the proposed acquisition cost. The appraisal must be completed within 1 year of the signing of the contract to purchase the property. The cost of the appraisal is an allowable cost for this grant. None of the funds may be used to process any grant or contract documents which do not include the text of 18 U.S.C. 1913 prohibiting lobbying with appropriated funds. Grants will be awarded pursuant to duly approved written applications. Use of these funds is subject to compliance with 43 CFR 12 and the terms of the grant agreement to be executed by the grantee and the National Park Service. There is a dollar-for-dollar matching share requirement to receive these funds.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
SVBF is the sole eligible applicant for these grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
The SVBF grant is to be used to acquire land and interests in land only the following National Historic District Battlefields will be considered:
1- Second Winchester
2- Second Kernstown
3- Cedar Creek
4- Fisher's Hill
5- Tom's Brook
6- Third Winchester
7- New Market
8- Port Republic
9- Cross Keys
10- McDowell.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
SVBF is the sole eligible applicant for this program. The grants will be administered by the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP). SVBF will carefully review the following guidelines before preparing an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
SVBF will engage in informal preapplication coordination with ABPP staff and with the Virginia State Historic Preservation Office. Environmental impact information is not 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 (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Only SVBF staff will prepare applications. Eligible applicants will be required to submit a SF 424, Application for Federal Assistance and other required documentation. The procedures will be outlined in the announcement, and will include a title, geographic area(s) of requested assistance, objectives, and a budget proposal to reflect a typical project.
Award Procedure (093):
SVBF may submit proposals to the ABPP at any time. The ABPP will review all complete application packages as they are received.
Deadlines (094):
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 15 to 30 days. 30 days.
Appeals (096):
NONE.
Renewals (097):
NONE.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title 43, Part 12. Use of these funds is subject to compliance with 43 CFR 12 and the terms of the grant agreement to be executed by the grantee and the National Park Service.
Matching Requirements: There is a dollar-for-dollar matching share requirement to receive these funds.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
This lump sum grant is awarded as a single award and the length of time is approximately 90 days. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
SVBF will report both financial and progress reports to ABPP on a regular basis. Products of the grant may be reviewed by ABPP in draft and final format. Final performance reports are expected at the close of the grant. Cash reports are not applicable. SVBF will report both financial and progress reports to ABPP on a regular basis. Products of the grant may be reviewed by ABPP in draft and final format. Final performance reports are expected at the close of the grant. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of, Standard Form, 270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement, and a quarterly submittal of Standard Form 425 the Financial Report . Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
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 (113):
SVBF must maintain the property, personnel, financial, procurement and other records and accounts pertinent to the funds awarded by this grant in accordance with 43 CFR 12. The grantee and its contractors will permit on-site inspections by NPS representatives, and will effectively require employees and board members to furnish such information as, in the judgment of NPS representatives may be relevant to a question of compliance with grant conditions and directives on the effectiveness, legality and achievements of project work.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0 - Land and Water Conservation Fund appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range $0

Average $0.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
A more complete description of grant requirements can be found at http://www.shenandoahatwar.org/frame_rpro.html

Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Kristen McMasters 1201 Eye Street, NW (2255) 6th Floor , Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Phone: (202) 354-2037
Website Address (153):
http://www.cr.nps.gov/abpp
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The SVBF staff reviews and evaluates all proposals.
Reviewers evaluate applications according to the following considerations.
- Significance of the battlefield land
- Whether the proposed acquisition parcel lies within the SVBF-defined Core and/or Study areas
- Availability of funds
- Acquisition schedule
- Threat to the battlefield land.