Buildings and Facilities Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

This is a construction grants program designed to improve and modernize program facilities to assist recipients in better responding to current challenges and opportunities in the food and agricultural sciences.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Funds may be used for architectural- engineering, acquisition of land, construction, repair, improvement, extension, alteration, or consolidation of program facilities, and the acquisition and installation of fixed equipment. Funds may not be used to establish, maintain, or enhance the research or education programs themselves; to purchase movable equipment; to pay indirect costs of grant recipients; or to pay operating or maintenance costs of completed facilities. Other unallowable costs are specified in the terms and conditions of the grant award which accompany the individual grant.

Who is eligible to apply...

Specified by Congress in the Conference Reports for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal years ending September 30, 1995, 1996, and 1997.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Each recipient receiving its first grant award from Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) must furnish organizational management information.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Program guidelines are developed and forwarded to identified institutions annually. As directed in the covering letter, institutional officials prepare either background materials or a formal grant application according to instructions provided in the guidelines. An on-site study is conducted by a team of subject-matter experts and the results are reported to Congress prior to recommending an initial grant award. Any award of funds to begin architectural-engineering or construction work is influenced by the panel's recommendations. In subsequent years, a grant application is submitted to CSREES for evaluation and approval.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Upon receipt in CSREES, the grant application undergoes internal programmatic, financial, and administrative evaluation. If the project is recommended for an award, a grant award document consisting of a cover sheet, an approved budget, and the terms and conditions of the grant award is issued.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


This program was not funded in fiscal years 2000 or 2001.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

It takes between 60 and 120 days to review background materials, select review team members, conduct an on-site study, submit the report to Congress, and make funding decisions relating to initial project submissions. For all other proposals, it takes between 45 and 180 days to complete the evaluation and award processes, depending upon the complexity of the project.

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. A preconstruction environmental assessment is required.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.



Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Depending upon the size and complexity of the construction project, it often takes several increments of funding assistance to complete the project. The initial award is issued as a new grant, with second and subsequent funding increments issued as renewals to existing grants. Projects remain active until facility completion.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Specified by Congress in the Conference Reports for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal years ending September 30, 1995, 1996, and 1997.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$480,150 to $4,850,000. Average: $2,055,638.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 03 $0; FY 04 $0; and FY 05 est $0.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Center for Arid Land Studies, Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Facility, Plant Science Center, Soil and Water Research and Education Center, Regional Food Innovation Center, and Poultry Science Facility.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Not applicable.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Written criteria are used to evaluate projects during the on-site study. Each study is conducted to: (1) Determine the need for and importance of the facility as it relates to the agricultural interest in the requesting State, the region, and the Nation; (2) determine the extent to which the facility is expected to contribute to the effectiveness of agricultural research, teaching, and extension programs; (3) examine alternatives to the facility proposed; (4) determine the local commitment to the facility and the programs it is intended to house; (5) assure that the requestor is able to provide the required matching support for the construction if Federal funding is forthcoming; and (6) assure that the intended use of the facility lies within the mission of USDA. Reports prepared by review teams are reviewed internally to ensure that they adequately address these issues. Grant proposals submitted to CSREES after the on-site visit are reviewed by CSREES faculty and staff for adherence to approved plans and Federal regulations, project accomplishments, and allow ability of costs.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There is no statutory limit on the length of time an award may be in effect.

Formula and Matching Requirements

All projects are funded on a matching formula of not to exceed 50 percent Federal funds and not less than 50 percent nonfederal funds. All project costs are subject to prior written approval by CSREES.

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.

Post assistance requirements...


A technical (i.e., performance) report is due 90 days after the first anniversary date of the grant award and annually thereafter during the life of the project. Performance reports submitted with renewal proposals will satisfy this requirement through the final increment of grant funding. Quarterly financial reports are due 15 days after the close of each quarter throughout the life of the project. Final technical and financial reports are due 90 days after the expiration date of the grant award.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Grantees are required to maintain separate records for each construction project to ensure that funds are expended for authorized purposes. Grant-related records must be retained for a minimum of 3 years after the expiration date of the grant award.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1995; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1996; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1997; Public Laws 103-330 and 104-37, and 104-726.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Buildings and Facilities Program: Program Guidelines; 7 CFR 3407, Agency Procedures to Implement the National Environmental Policy Act; 7 CFR 3015, and/or 7 CFR Part 3019 USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations; Federal Cost Principles; 7 CFR 3017, Government wide Debarment and Suspension (nonprocurement) and Government wide Requirements for Drug-free Workplace (grants); 7 CFR 3018, New Restrictions on Lobbying; and 7 CFR Part 3019, Uniform, Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office


Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Deputy Administrator, Competitive Research Grants and Awards Management, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 401-1761.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: