BUSINESS-COOPERATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Title VI, Section 6021,
Public Law 107-171.
improve the quality of life in rural America by supporting and maintaining
a network of State Rural Development Councils (SRDCs) that create
and facilitate cross-program collaborations.
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
will be used by State Rural Development Councils to bring together
individuals from a wide spectrum of organizations and entities and
facilitate collaborations among them; address persistent and emerging
rural problems and increase the voice of rural institutions in State
and national policy.
Eligibility: State Rural Development Councils
recognized by the Secretary of Agriculture as well as the National
Rural Development Coordinating Committee to be established by the
Secretary of Agriculture.
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: Inhabitants in rural areas where
rural area means any area other than a city or town that has a
population greater than 50,000 and urbanized areas contiguous
and adjacent to such cities or towns.
Evidence that the SRDC is current under its obligations pursuant
to the applicable recognition agreement whereby USDA recognizes
the SRDC and the SRDC agrees to perform the duties required by
the authorizing statute. OMB Circular No. A-87 is not applicable
to this program.
Coordination: This program is subject to the
provisions of E.O. 12372 which requires consultation with State
and local officials. 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
Procedure: Submit applications to the national
headquarters office of the National Rural Development Partnership
at USDA in accordance with the instructions in the applicable
Notices of Funding Availability. This program is excluded from
coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102, but is covered under OMB
Circular No. A- 110.
Procedure: Applications will be solicited
via a Notice of Funding Availability issued by USDA and subject
to evaluation by the USDA national headquarters office for the
National Rural Development Partnership. Grant payments may be
made by Treasury check in advance or by reimbursement.
As specified in the Notice Inviting Applications for recognition
published in the Federal Register and in the applicable Notices
of Funding Availability.
of Approval/Disapproval Time: Representative
range of time required for the application to be processed at
the Federal level from 20 to 100 days after the application is
Applicants may appeal any determination to the National Appeals
SRDC status may be renewed or extended upon application.
and Matching Requirements: Applicants must provide
matching funds or in kind goods or services in an amount not less
than 33 percent of total Federal funds received, where not less
than 10 percent is a cash match and "Federal funds" for this purpose
excludes (1) funds specific to a given program or project; and (2)
Federal reimbursements to SRDCs for services provided to the Federal
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Cash payments
will be made in equal quarterly disbursements.
SRDCs are required to submit an annual plan with goals and performance
measurers and an annual report on their progress in meeting these
goals and measures.
Recipients are subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General,
Records will be maintained in the USDA national headquarters office
of the National Rural Development Partnership for the duration
of the recognition agreement between the SRDC and USDA.
(Grants) FY 03 $2,000,000; FY 04 est not available; and FY 05
est not available.
and Average of Financial Assistance:
$150,000 per council, annually.
Fiscal Year 2003 funds will provide for the full funding requirements
of at least 8 State Rural Development Councils.
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
This program is announced through news media and in letters to State
Rural Development Directors in each State. A Notice Inviting Applications
for Recognition will be published, as well as a Notice of Funding
Availability for the recognized Councils.
or Local Office: Not applicable.
Office: David Sears, National Rural Development
Partnership, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave.,
SW, Room 4225-S, Mail Stop 3205, Washington, DC 20250-3205. Telephone:
Site Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/nrdp
OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Operating funds for State Rural Development Councils since the President's
Initiative on Rural America first launched in 1990.
FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Proposals are evaluated on how well they will enhance the capacity
of States and rural communities to design flexible and innovative
responses to their State-specific rural development needs, with
local determinations of progress and selection of projects and activities.
Note: This language is from the statute.