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64.203 State Cemetery Grants
NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Veterans Housing Benefits Act of 1978, Section 202, Public Laws 95-476, 98-223, 100-687, 103-446, and 105-368; 38 U.S.C. 2408.
To assist States in the establishment, expansion, and improvement of veterans' cemeteries.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Monetary assistance is provided under this program to construct, expand, and improve State veterans' cemeteries. Cemeteries must be State-owned and operated solely for the interment of eligible veterans and their dependents and/or spouses. Construction cost means the amount found necessary to convert a tract of land to an operational cemetery.
Applicant Eligibility: Any State may apply.
Pre-application Coordination: Consultation or assistance is available from VA Central Office personnel (State Cemetery Grants Service) to aid in the preparation of an application. The standard application forms as furnished by VA and required by OMB Circular No. A- 102 must be used for this program (Standard Form 424, "Application for Federal Assistance," with attachments). An environmental impact assessment is required. 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.
Formula and Matching Requirements: The amount of the Federal contribution to a State is up to 100 percent of the cost of establishing, improving or expanding State Veterans Cemeteries. In the case of establishment grants, the cost of operating equipment may also be included. Land value is not included as an allowable cost for reimbursement under the grant.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Outlay Report and Request for Reimbursement for Construction Programs, and Performance Reports are accomplished in accord with 38 CFR Part 43.
Account Identification: 36-0183-0-1-705.
For fiscal year 2002, the State Cemetery Grants Service has received requests totaling $41,701,559. The State Cemetery Grants Service estimates approximately 15 to 20 applications to establish, expand, or improve State veterans cemeteries in fiscal years 2003 and 2004.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
VA Regulations 38 CFR Parts 39 and 43, State Cemetery Grant Program; State Cemetery Grants Program Guide (PG 40-1); and, "Federal Assistance for Establishment, Expansion and Improvement of State Veterans' Cemeteries (State Cemetery Grants Program)" (VA Pamphlet 40-96).
Regional or Local Office: None.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
1) Construction necessary to convert a tract of land to an operational cemetery; 2) construction of a chapel administration/maintenance building, and improve storm drainage system; and 3) the expansion of cemetery acreage or building a committal shelter.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Applications are prioritized and ranked with other projects in the order received. The priority system consists of six groups or categories. Examples: The extent to which States have adequate funds to match the Federal grant; and the extent to which a project involves additional gravesites necessary to keep the cemetery open. The availability of the Federal and nonfederal share of the project is a primary consideration.