Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for the total dollar amount, but the release of funds is on an as needed basis. The performance period is one year. States are required to initiate requests for funds as close as administratively feasible to the actual disbursements for program costs.
Formula and Matching Requirements
States will be allocated a base amount of CERT funds using the percentages prescribed in Section 1014 of the USA Patriot Act, Public Law 107-56. Each State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will be allocated a base amount of 0.75 percent of the total amount available. The United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands each will be allocated a base amount of 0.25 percent of the total amount available. The remaining CERT grant funds will be allocated on the basis of the most recent official estimates of population issued by the U.S. Census Bureau and added to the base amounts. CERT grants will carry no cost-share requirement.
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.