[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 131 (Tuesday, July 13, 2021)]
[Pages 36765-36769]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-14835]



Bureau of Indian Affairs


Office of Indian Economic Development, Tribal Tourism Grant 
Program (TTGP), Part of the NATIVE Act

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office 
of Indian Economic Development (OIED), Division of Economic Development 
(DED), solicits proposals from Indian

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Tribes and Tribal organizations (as defined in the NATIVE Act) to 
receive grants to support Tribal tourism feasibility studies and/or 
Tribal tourism business plan development. The Program supports Tribes 
and Tribal organizations to increase their capacity to plan, develop 
and manage tourism and related infrastructure in support of economic 
development and the NATIVE Act. The Program will provide funding for 
Tribes and Tribal organizations to conduct tourism feasibility studies 
that will empower them to make informed decisions on potential tourism 
project(s). The Program will also provide funding for Tribes and Tribal 
organizations to develop business plans on completed tourism 
feasibility studies. In addition to the feasibility study, tourism 
grants may fund business plans for Tribal tourism businesses recovering 
from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DATES: Grant application packages must be submitted to the Grants.gov 
no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, August 13, 2021. OIED will 
not consider proposals received after this time and date.

ADDRESSES: The required method of submitting proposals is through 
Grants.gov. For information on how to apply for grants in Grants.gov, 
see the instructions available at https://www.grants.gov/help/html/help/Applicants/HowToApplyForGrants.htm. Proposals must be submitted to 
Grants.gov by the deadline established in the DATES section.

Grant Program (TTGP) Manager, Office of Indian Economic Development, 
Room 6049-B, 12220 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191; 
telephone: (202) 595-4766; email: [email protected]. Additional 
Program information can be found at https://www.bia.gov/service/grants/ttgp.


I. General Information
II. Number of Projects Funded
III. Background
IV. Eligibility for Funding
V. Who may perform feasibility studies funded by TTGP grants?
VI. Applicant Procurement Procedures
VII. Limitations
VIII. TTGP Application Guidance
IX. Mandatory Components
X. Incomplete Applications
XI. Review and Selection Process
XII. Evaluation Criteria
XIII. Transfer of Funds
XIV. Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients
XV. Conflicts of Interest
XVI. Questions and Requests for OIED Assistance
XVII. Paperwork Reduction Act
XVIII. Authority

I. General Information

    Award Ceiling: $150,000.
    Award Floor: $25,000.
    CFDA Number: 15.133.
    Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No.
    Number of Awards: 20-35.
    Category: Business Development.

II. Number of Projects Funded

    OIED anticipates award of approximately twenty (20) to thirty-five 
(35) grants under this announcement ranging in value from approximately 
$25,000 to $150,000. The program can fund projects only one year at a 
time. OIED will use a competitive evaluation process based on criteria 
described in the Review and Selection Process section at section XII of 
this notice.

III. Background

    The Office of the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs, through 
OIED, is soliciting proposals from Indian Tribes, as defined in 25 
U.S.C. 4352(2), and Tribal organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 
4352(4), for grant funding to retain consultants to perform feasibility 
studies on Tribal tourism and tourism business plan development. The 
Program supports Tribes and Tribal organizations to increase capacity 
to plan, develop and manage tourism and related infrastructure in 
support of economic development and the NATIVE Act (Pub. L. 114-221 
(09/23/2016)). Consultants may include universities and colleges, 
private consulting firms, non-academic/non-profit entities, or others. 
The feasibility studies will help facilitate informed decision-making 
regarding Tribes' economic futures. Feasibility studies may concern the 
viability of a tourism project. In addition to the feasibility study, 
TTGP grants may fund business plans for proposed businesses or 
recovering Tribal businesses.
    The OIED administers this program through its Division of Economic 
Development (DED).
    These grants will be funded under a non-recurring appropriation of 
the BIA budget. Congress appropriates funds on a year-to-year basis. 
Thus, while some projects may extend over several years, funding for 
successive years depends on each fiscal year's appropriations.
    The funding periods and amounts referenced in this solicitation are 
subject to the availability of funds at the time of award, as well as 
the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Indian Affairs priorities at 
the time of the award. Neither DOI nor Indian Affairs will be held 
responsible for proposal or application preparation costs. Publication 
of this solicitation does not obligate DOI or Indian Affairs to award 
any specific grant or to obligate all or any part of available funds. 
Future funding is subject to the availability of appropriations and 
cannot be guaranteed. DOI or Indian Affairs may cancel or withdraw this 
solicitation at any time.

IV. Eligibility for Funding

    Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 
4352, are eligible. Note: The U.S. Department of the Interior Office of 
Native Hawaiian Relations is managing NATIVE Act tourism grants to 
Native Hawaiian Organizations. For additional information on grants to 
Native Hawaiian Organizations, please contact Kaiini Kaloi, Director, 
Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, (202) 208-7462, 
[email protected].

V. Who may perform tourism feasibility studies or develop tourism 
business plans funded by TTGP grants?

    The applicant determines who will conduct its feasibility study or 
business plan. An applicant has several choices, including but not 
limited to:
     Universities and colleges, including but not limited to 
Tribal colleges and universities;
     Private consulting firms; or
     Non-academic, non-profit entities.

VI. Applicant Procurement Procedures

    The applicant is subject to the procurement standards in 2 CFR 
200.318 through 200.326. In accordance with 2 CFR 200.318, an applicant 
must use its own documented procurement procedures which reflect Tribal 
laws and regulations, provided that the procurements conform to 
applicable Federal law and standards identified in title 2 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations.

VII. Limitations

    TTGP grant funding must be expended in accordance with applicable 
statutory and regulatory requirements, including 2 CFR part 200. As 
part of the grant application review process, IED may conduct a review 
of an applicant's prior IED grant awards(s).
    Applicants that are currently under BIA sanction Level 2 or higher 
resulting from non-compliance with the Single Audit Act are ineligible 
for a TTGP award. Applicants at Sanction Level 1 will be considered for 
    An applicant may submit more than one grant application; however,

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applications should address only one Tribal tourism project per 
application. Any submissions that contain multiple project proposals 
will not be considered. OIED will apply the same objective ranking 
criteria to each proposal.
    The purpose of TTGP grants is to fund feasibility studies and 
business plans for proposed tourism projects. An application can 
request funding for a feasibility study and a business plan. 
Applications may also request either a feasibility or a business plan, 
depending on the Tribe's needs. Generally, feasibility studies cost up 
to $50,000 and business plans between $5,000-$20,000.
    TTGP awards may not be used for:
     Establishing or operating a Tribal office;
     Indirect costs or administrative costs as defined by the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR);
     Purchase of equipment that is used to develop the 
feasibility studies, such as computers, vehicles, field gear, etc. 
(however, leasing of this type of equipment for the purpose of 
developing feasibility studies is allowed);
     Creating Tribal jobs to complete the project. An TTGP 
grant is not intended to create temporary administrative jobs or 
supplement employment for Tribal members;
     Legal fees;
     Application fees associated with permitting;
     Contract negotiation fees;
     Feasibility studies of energy, mineral, energy legal 
infrastructure, or broadband related projects, businesses, or 
technologies that are addressed by OIED's Energy and Mineral 
Development Program (EMDP), Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC); 
     Any other activities not authorized by the grant award 

VIII. TTGP Application Guidance

    All applications are required to be submitted in digital form to 
grants.gov. For instructions, see https://www.grants.gov/help/html/help/Applicants/HowToApplyForGrants.htm. In very limited circumstances, 
OIED may accept a non-digital application. Please contact OIED at least 
a week prior to the submission deadline for approval.

IX. Mandatory Components

    There are seven mandatory components (forms) that must be included 
in each proposal package. Links to the mandatory forms can be found 
under the ``package'' tab on the TribalTourismFY2021 grant opportunity 
page at www.grants.gov. The following are the names of the required 

Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424) [V3.0]
Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A) [V1.0]
Budget Narrative Attachment Form [V1.2]
Project Abstract Summary [V2.0]
Project Narrative Attachment Form [V1.2]
Attachments [V1.2]
Key Contacts [V2.0]

Application for Federal Assistance SF-424

    It is required that the applicant complete the Application for 
Federal Assistance SF-424. Please use a descriptive file name that 
includes Tribal name and project description. For example: 

Project Abstract Summary and Project Narrative Attachment

    The first paragraph of the project narrative must include the title 
and basic description of the proposed Tribal tourism feasibility study 
and/or Tribal tourism business plan. The Project Narrative must not 
exceed 15 pages. At a minimum, it should include:
     A technical description of the project and, if applicable, 
an explanation of how the proposed new study and/or business plan would 
benefit the applicant and does not duplicate previous work;
     A description of the project objectives and goals;
     Deliverable products that the consultant is expected to 
generate, including interim deliverables (such as status reports and 
technical data to be obtained) and final deliverables (the feasibility 
study); and
     Resumes of key consultants and personnel to be retained, 
if available, and the names of subcontractors, if applicable. This 
information may be included as an attachment to the application and 
will not be counted towards the 15-page limitation.
     Please use a descriptive file name that includes Tribal 
name and project description. For example: 
    In addition, unless prohibited by Tribal procurement procedures, 
please include a description of the consultant(s) the applicant wishes 
to retain, including the consultant's contact information, technical 
expertise, training, qualifications, and suitability to undertake the 
feasibility study. These documents may be included at the end of the 
Project Narrative and will not be counted toward the 15-page 
    Project Narratives are not judged based on their length. Please do 
not submit any unnecessary attachments or documents beyond what is 
listed above, e.g., Tribal history, unrelated photos and maps.

Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A) [V1.0] and 
Budget Narrative Attachment Form [V1.2]

    It is required that the budget be submitted using the SF-424A form. 
Please use a descriptive file name that includes Tribal name and 
project description. For example: TTGPBudget.Tribalname.Project.
    The budget must identify the amount of grant funding requested and 
a comprehensive breakdown of all projected and anticipated 
expenditures, including contracted personnel fees, consulting fees 
(hourly or fixed), travel costs, data collection and analysis costs, 
computer rentals, report generation, drafting, advertising costs for a 
proposed project and other relevant project expenses, and their 
     Travel costs should be itemized by airfare, vehicle 
rental, lodging, and per diem, based on the current Federal government 
per diem schedule.
     Data collection and analysis costs should be itemized in 
sufficient detail for the IED review committee to evaluate the charges.
     Other expenses may include computer rental, report 
generation, drafting, and advertising costs for a proposed project.

Key Contacts [V2.0]

    Applicants must include the Key Contacts information page that 
     Project Manager's contact information including address, 
email, desk, and cell phone number;
     If there is more than one contact, please provide an 
additional key contacts form.
     Please use a descriptive file name that includes Tribal 
name and identifies that it is the critical information page (CIP). For 
example: TTGPCIP.Tribalname.Project.

Attachments [V1.2]

    Utilize the attachments form to include the Tribal resolution 
issued in the fiscal year of the grant application, authorizing the 
submission of a FY 2021 TTGP grant application. It must be signed by 
authorized Tribal representative(s). The Tribal resolution must also 
include a description of the

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feasibility study and/or business plan to be developed. The attachments 
form can also be used to include any other attachments related to the 

Special Note

    Please make sure that SAM number used to apply is active, not 
    Please make sure an active Automated Standard Application for 
Payment (ASAP) number is provided. Applicants must have an ASAP number 
to be eligible;
    It is helpful to list counties where the project is located and 
congressional district number where the project is located.

X. Incomplete Applications

    Applications submitted without one or more of the five mandatory 
components described above will be returned to the applicant with an 
explanation. The applicant will then be allowed to correct any 
deficiencies and resubmit the proposal for consideration on or before 
the deadline. This option will not be available to an applicant once 
the deadline has passed.

XI. Review and Selection Process

    Upon receiving a TTGP application, OIED will determine whether the 
application is complete and that the proposed project does not 
duplicate or overlap previous or currently funded OIED tourism 
projects. Any proposal that is received after the date and time in the 
DATES section of this notice will not be reviewed. If an application is 
not complete and the submission deadline has not passed, the applicant 
will be notified and given an opportunity to resubmit its application.
    The OIED Review Committee, comprised of OIED staff, staff from 
other Federal agencies, and subject matter experts, will evaluate the 
proposals against the ranking criteria. Proposals will be evaluated 
using the five ranking criteria listed below, with a maximum achievable 
total of 100 points.
    Final award selections will be approved by the Assistant 
Secretary--Indian Affairs and the Associate Deputy Secretary, U.S. 
Department of the Interior. Applicants not selected for award will be 
notified in writing.

XII. Evaluation Criteria

    Proposals (both feasibility and business plans) will be formally 
evaluated by an OIED review committee using the five criteria listed 
below. Each criterion provides a percentage of the total maximum rating 
of 100 points.
    The Project's Economic Benefits: 50 points.
    Project Deliverables: 20 Points.
    Feasibility Process and Analysis: 10 points.
    Costs of Proposal: 10 points.
    Specificity: 10 points.

The Project's Economic Benefits: 50 Points

    The reviewers will determine if the proposal's scope of work 
clearly states the tourism opportunity to be studied. Factors that the 
reviewers will consider when awarding points are, but not limited to:
     Does the tourism proposal address what is needed to 
increase tourism capacity?
     Does the proposal describe the benefits that the tourism 
project would have if implemented?
     Does the proposal describe i how the project will address 
economic development challenges--such as unemployment, workforce 
development, and infrastructure needs--and stimulate economic activity 
within a Native community?
     Does the proposal address sustainability planning, 
ensuring that the project has long-term benefits for the community?
     Does the proposal identify any partnerships with non-
profit or private sector resources that might increase the potential 
that the tourism project will succeed?

Project Deliverables: 20 Points

    The reviewers will determine if the proposal describes in detail 
applicable proposed deliverables. For example, a mountain biking tour 
study would include deliverables such as, but not limited to, site 
analysis, market demographics, marketing strategies, drive-time market, 
regional competition, market demands, and a financial model that 
includes investment and return on investment projections.

Project Tasks and Timeline: 10 Points

    The reviewers will determine if a comprehensive timeline has been 
developed to address tasks that are needed to successfully complete the 
objectives outlined in the scope of work.

Costs of Proposal/Budget: 10 Points

    The reviewers will assess the costs listed in the budget to 
determine if the overall value of the project is competitively priced 
and in accordance with the goals stated within the proposal/scope of 

Specificity: 10 Points

    In addition, the reviewers understand that applicants may retain 
consultant(s) that prepare the Tourism proposal to also conduct the 
feasibility study if the grant is awarded. This does not prejudice an 
applicant's chances of being selected as a grantee. However, the 
Committee will view unfavorably proposals that show little evidence of 
communication between the consultant(s) and the applicant or scant 
regard for the applicant community's unique circumstances. Facsimile 
applications prepared by the same consultant(s) and submitted by 
multiple applicants will receive scrutiny in this regard.

XIII. Transfer of Funds

    IED's obligation under this solicitation is contingent on receipt 
of congressionally appropriated funds. No liability on the part of the 
U.S. Government for any payment may arise until funds are made 
available to the awarding officer for this grant and until the 
recipient receives notice of such availability, to be confirmed in 
writing by the grant officer.
    All payments under this agreement will be made by electronic funds 
transfer through the ASAP. All award recipients are required to have a 
current and accurate DUNS number to receive funds. All payments will be 
deposited to the banking information designated by the applicant in the 
System for Award Management (SAM).

XIV. Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

    The applicant must deliver all products and data required by the 
signed Grant Agreement for the proposed TTGP feasibility study and 
business plan project to OIED within 30 days of the end of each 
reporting period and 90 days after completion of the project. The 
reporting periods will be established in the terms and conditions of 
the final award.
    OIED requires that deliverable products be provided in digital 
format. Reports can be provided in either Microsoft Word or Adobe 
Acrobat PDF format. Spreadsheet data can be provided in Microsoft 
Excel, Microsoft Access, or Adobe PDF formats. All vector figures 
should be converted to PDF format. Raster images can be provided in 
PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or any of the Windows metafile formats. The contract 
between the grantee and the consultant conducting the TTGP funded 
feasibility study must include deliverable products and require that 
the products be prepared in the format described above.
    The contract should include budget amounts for all printed and 
digital copies to be delivered in accordance with the grant agreement. 
In addition, the contract must specify that all

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products generated by a consultant belong to the grantee and cannot be 
released to the public without the grantee's written approval. Products 
include, but are not limited to, all reports and technical data 
obtained, maps, status reports, and the final report.
    In addition, this funding opportunity and financial assistance 
award must adhere to the following provisions.

XV. Conflicts of Interest


     This section intends to ensure that non-Federal entities 
and their employees take appropriate steps to avoid conflicts of 
interest in their responsibilities under or with respect to Federal 
financial assistance agreements.
     In the procurement of supplies, equipment, construction, 
and services by recipients and by sub-recipients, the conflict of 
interest provisions in 2 CFR 200.318 apply.


     Non-Federal entities must avoid prohibited conflicts of 
interest, including any significant financial interests that could 
cause a reasonable person to question the recipient's ability to 
provide impartial, technically sound, and objective performance under 
or with respect to a Federal financial assistance agreement.
     In addition to any other prohibitions that may apply with 
respect to conflicts of interest, no key official of an actual or 
proposed recipient or sub-recipient, who is substantially involved in 
the proposal or project, may have been a former Federal employee who, 
within the last one (1) year, participated personally and substantially 
in the evaluation, award, or administration of an award with respect to 
that recipient or sub-recipient or in development of the requirement 
leading to the funding announcement.
     No actual or prospective recipient or sub-recipient may 
solicit, obtain, or use non-public information regarding the 
evaluation, award, administration of an award to that recipient or sub-
recipient or the development of a Federal financial assistance 
opportunity that may be of competitive interest to that recipient or 


     Non-Federal entities, including applicants for financial 
assistance awards, must disclose in writing any conflict of interest to 
the DOI awarding agency or pass-through entity in accordance with 2 CFR 
200.112, Conflicts of Interest.
     Recipients must establish internal controls that include, 
at a minimum, procedures to identify, disclose, and mitigate or 
eliminate identified conflicts of interest. The recipient is 
responsible for notifying the Financial Assistance Officer in writing 
of any conflicts of interest that may arise during the life of the 
award, including those that have been reported by sub-recipients.
     Restrictions on Lobbying. Non-Federal entities are 
strictly prohibited from using funds under this grant or cooperative 
agreement for lobbying activities and must provide the required 
certifications and disclosures pursuant to 43 CFR part 18 and 31 U.S.C. 
     Review Procedures. The Financial Assistance Officer will 
examine each conflict of interest disclosure on the basis of its 
particular facts and the nature of the proposed grant or cooperative 
agreement, and will determine whether a significant potential conflict 
exists and, if it does, develop an appropriate means for resolving it.
     Enforcement. Failure to resolve conflicts of interest in a 
manner that satisfies the Government may be cause for termination of 
the award. Failure to make the required disclosures may result in any 
of the remedies described in 2 CFR 200.338, Remedies for Noncompliance, 
including suspension or debarment (see also 2 CFR part 180).

Data Availability

     Applicability. The Department of the Interior is committed 
to basing its decisions on the best available science and providing the 
American people with enough information to thoughtfully and 
substantively evaluate the data, methodology, and analysis used by the 
Department to inform its decisions.
     Use of Data. The regulations at 2 CFR 200.315 apply to 
data produced under a Federal award, including the provision that the 
Federal Government has the right to obtain, reproduce, publish, or 
otherwise use the data produced under a Federal award as well as 
authorize others to receive, reproduce, publish, or otherwise use such 
data for Federal purposes.
     Availability of Data. The recipient shall make the data 
produced under this award and any subaward(s) available to the 
Government for public release, consistent with applicable law, to allow 
meaningful third-party evaluation and reproduction of the following:
    [cir] The scientific data relied upon;
    [cir] The analysis relied upon; and
    [cir] The methodology, including models, used to gather and analyze 

XVI. Questions and Requests for IED Assistance

    OIED staff may provide technical consultation, upon written request 
by an applicant. The request must clearly identify the type of 
assistance sought. Technical consultation does not include funding to 
prepare a grant proposal, grant writing assistance, or pre-
determinations as to the likelihood that a proposal will be awarded. 
The applicant is solely responsible for preparing its grant proposal. 
Technical consultation may include clarifying application requirements, 
confirming whether an applicant previously submitted the same or 
similar proposal, and registration information for SAM or ASAP.

XVII. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The information collection requirements contained in this notice 
have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3504(h). The OMB 
control number is 4040-0004. The authorization expires on 12/31/2022. 
An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and you are not required to 
respond to, any information collection that does not display a 
currently valid OMB Control Number.

XVIII. Authority

    This is a discretionary grant program authorized under the NATIVE 
Act (25 U.S.C. 4354(b)). The NATIVE Act authorizes the head of an 
agency with assets or resources relating to travel, recreation, or 
tourism promotion or branding enhancement for which Indian Tribes, 
Tribal organizations, or Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible may 
be used: (1) To support the efforts of Indian Tribes, Tribal 
organizations, and Native Hawaiian organizations to tell the story of 
Native Americans as the First Peoples of the United States; (2) to use 
the arts and humanities to help revitalize Native communities, promote 
economic development, increase livability, and present the uniqueness 
of the United States to visitors in a way that celebrates the diversity 
of the United States; and to carry out 25 U.S.C. 4354.

Bryan Newland,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
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