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Chesapeake Bay Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are normally funded on a 12-month basis.

Formula and Matching Requirements

State agencies applying for implementation and monitoring grants must identify 50 percent cost share of total project costs (equal match/dollar for dollar). State agencies applying for grants under Section 117 (d)(1), must commit to a cost share ranging from 5% to 50% as determined at the sole discretion of EPA. This determination will be made on a grant-by-grant basis and EPA will promptly inform the applicant of the selected cost share requirement. Applicants applying for small watershed grants must commit to a cost share of 25% of the total project cost. All other applicants applying for grants under Section 117 must commit to a cost share of 5% of the total project costs. State and local governments receiving assistance under any of the provisions of Section 117 must comply with 40 CFR 31.24 and all other applicants must comply with 40 CFR 30.23. In addition to the cost share requirement, applicants must adhere to the requirement in the Clean Water Act, Section 117 - "Administrative Costs". This section requires a 10 percent cap for administrative costs. The cost of salaries and fringe benefits incurred in administering the grant cannot exceed 10 percent of the Federal grant amount.

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.