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National Trails System Projects

This program contains Recovery Act funding.
Number: 15.935
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.935 National Trails System Projects
Federal Agency (030):
National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
The National Trails System Act, 16 U.S.C 1241-51.
Objectives (050):
To preserve, protect, and develop the components of the National Trails System, with a strong emphasis on volunteer involvement, the Secretary of the Interior may enter into written cooperative agreements to operate, develop, and maintain any portion of such a trail either within or outside a federally administered area. The Secretary may provide financial assistance to encourage participation in the acquisition, protection, operation, development, or maintenance of such trails.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funding is to be used by States or their political subdivisions, landowners, private organizations, or individual to operate, develop, and maintain any portion of such a trail either within or outside a federally administered area. Such agreements may include provisions for limited financial assistance to encourage participation in the acquisition, protection, operation, development or maintenance of such trails. The NPS shall also initiate consultations with affected States and their political subdivisions to encourage (A) the development and implementation by such entities of appropriate measures to protect private landowners from trespass resulting from trail use and from unreasonable person liability and property damage caused by trail use, and (B) the development and implementation by such entities of provisions for land practices compatible with the purposes of this Act, for property within or adjacent to trail rights-of-way. After consulting with States and their political subdivisions under the preceding sentence, the Secretary may provide assistance to such entities under appropriate cooperative agreements in the manner provided by this subsection. The availability of discretionary funding is determined by individual trail offices each fiscal year.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
State, Local, Interstate, Intrastate, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Individual/Family,Native American Organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Interstate, Intrastate, State, Local, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, Individual/Family, Profit Organization, Anyone/general public.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Eligible applicants will be required to submit a SF 424, Application for Federal Assistance, and other required documentation.
Award Procedure (093):
A proposal for financial assistance can start with a letter of intent to the National Park Service office servicing the agreement. Or, direct face to face negotiations can result in NPS framing the agreement for later review and ratification by the receiving party. Before the agreement is finalized, it should include a detailed budget breakdown for each task. The mutually agreed-upon cooperative agreement is reviewed within NPS and submitted to the appropriate offices for approval. Once the agreement is approved and signed by a qualifying NPS contracting official, the work outlined in the agreement can begin.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Generally 30 to 90 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. When trail base funds are available through these cooperative agreements, this program has no matching requirements, although matching may provide incentives as mutually agreeable. When funds are made available from the NPS Challenge Cost-Share program, if the project will be credited to that program, at least a 50-50 non-Federal match is required. Such matches can include in-kind services, volunteer hours, and other non-monetary services.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Cooperative Agreements generally have a period of performance of up to five years. Funding availability and source will be a factor in determining the length of assistance. Reimbursement is accomplished as outlined in the proposal and subsequent task agreements based on the particular project requirements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not available.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
All organizations will be required to submit a minimum of a yearly narrative summary accomplishments reports to the National Park Service in accordance with the terms of each agreement. All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with agreed upon scope of work. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of Standard Form 425 Federal Financial Report. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of Standard Form 425 Federal 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):
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and 43 CFR 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations. The Cooperator must maintain a complete detailed accounting system to report expenditures of Cooperative Agreement funds and accomplishments achieved under the award. Records, accounts and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years submission for final request for reimbursement.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $4,247,528; FY 14 est $4,417,400; and FY 15 est $4,417,400
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range $100 to $259,773
Average $46,169.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: A total of 92 financial assistance awards were made. Fiscal Year 2014: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Government-wide Guidance located at 2 CFR Part 12; Department of Interior Regulations regarding financial assistance located at 43 CFR Part 12, Guidance http://www.nps.gov/nts/index.htm
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (NHT) Arik Arakaki, Supt., arik_arakaki@nps.gov.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail (NST) Pam Underhill, Park Manager, Pamela_underhill@nps.gov.
California, El Camino Real de los Tejas, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Mormon Pioneer, Old Spanish, Oregon, Pony Express, Santa Fe, and Trail of Tears NHTs Aaron Mahr, Supt., aaron_mahr@nps.gov.
Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner NHTs John Maounis, Supt., john_maounis@nps.gov.
Ice Age and North Country NSTs Pamela Schuler, Acting Supt., pam_schuler@nps.gov.
Juan Bautista de Anza NHT Naomi Torres, Supt., naomi_torres@nps.gov.
Lewis and Clark NHT Mark Weekley, Supt., mark_weekley@nps.gov.
Natchez Trace NST Cam Sholly, Supt., cam_sholly@nps.gov.
New England NST Charlie Tracy, Supt., Charles_tracy@nps.gov.
Overmountain Victory NHT Paul Carson, Supt., paul_carson@nps.gov.
Potomac Heritage NST Don Briggs, Supt., don_briggs@nps.gov.
Selma to Montgomery NHT Sandy Taylor, Supt., sandy_taylor@nps.gov.
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT Joe DiBello, Supt., joe_dibello@nps.gov.
Headquarters Office (152):
Steve Elkinton, National Park Service, National Trails, 1849 C Street, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: steve_elkinton@nps.gov Phone: (202) 354-6938.
Website Address (153):
http://www.nps.gov.nts/
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):
These criteria may vary somewhat from region to region. Fosters components of the National Trails System. Helps local trail office carry current program objectives. Helps complete work started in previous years. Enhances public understanding and appreciation of a trail or the entire Trails System. Can be accomplished within the next year.