40 U.S. Code § 15501. Economic and infrastructure development grants

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(a)In General.—A Commission may make grants to States and local governments, Indian tribes, and public and nonprofit organizations for projects, approved in accordance with section 15503
(1)
to develop the transportation infrastructure of its region;
(2)
to develop the basic public infrastructure of its region;
(3)
to develop the telecommunications infrastructure of its region;
(4)
to assist its region in obtaining job skills training, skills development and employment-related education, entrepreneurship, technology, and business development;
(5)
to provide assistance to severely economically distressed and underdeveloped areas of its region that lack financial resources for improving basic health care and other public services;
(6)
to promote resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open space in a manner consistent with economic development goals;
(7)
to promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources;
(8)
to grow the capacity for successful community economic development in its region; and
(9)
to otherwise achieve the purposes of this subtitle.
(b)Allocation of Funds.—
A Commission shall allocate at least 40 percent of any grant amounts provided by the Commission in a fiscal year for projects described in paragraph (1), (2), (3), or (7) of subsection (a).
(c)Sources of Grants.—
Grant amounts may be provided entirely from appropriations to carry out this subtitle, in combination with amounts available under other Federal grant programs, or from any other source.
(d) Maximum Commission Contributions.—
(1)In general.—
Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Commission may contribute not more than 50 percent of a project or activity cost eligible for financial assistance under this section from amounts appropriated to carry out this subtitle.
(2)Distressed counties.—
The maximum Commission contribution for a project or activity to be carried out in a county for which a distressed county designation is in effect under section 15702 may be increased to 80 percent.
(3)Special rule for regional projects.—A Commission may increase to 60 percent under paragraph (1) and 90 percent under paragraph (2) the maximum Commission contribution for a project or activity if—
(A)
the project or activity involves 3 or more counties or more than one State; and
(B)
the Commission determines in accordance with section 15302(a) that the project or activity will bring significant interstate or multicounty benefits to a region.
(e)Maintenance of Effort.—
Funds may be provided by a Commission for a program or project in a State under this section only if the Commission determines that the level of Federal or State financial assistance provided under a law other than this subtitle, for the same type of program or project in the same area of the State within region, will not be reduced as a result of funds made available by this subtitle.
(f)No Relocation Assistance.—
Financial assistance authorized by this section may not be used to assist a person or entity in relocating from one area to another, except that financial assistance may be used as otherwise authorized by this subtitle to attract businesses to the region from outside the United States.
(Added Pub. L. 110–234, title XIV, § 14217(a)(2), May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1474, and Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title XIV, § 14217(a)(2), June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 2236; amended Pub. L. 115–334, title VI, § 6304(b), Dec. 20, 2018, 132 Stat. 4749.)
Codification

Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 enacted identical sections. Pub. L. 110–234 was repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.

Amendments

2018—Subsec. (a)(8), (9). Pub. L. 115–334, § 6304(b)(1), added par. (8) and redesignated former par. (8) as (9).

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 115–334, § 6304(b)(2), substituted “paragraph (1), (2), (3), or (7)” for “paragraphs (1) through (3)”.

Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 115–334, § 6304(b)(3), substituted “, except that financial assistance may be used as otherwise authorized by this subtitle to attract businesses to the region from outside the United States.” for period at end.

Effective Date

Section effective on the first day of the first fiscal year beginning after June 18, 2008, see section 14217(d) of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as a note under section 15101 of this title.

State Capacity Building Grant Program

Pub. L. 115–334, title VI, § 6304(c), Dec. 20, 2018, 132 Stat. 4750, provided that:

“(1)Definitions.—In this subsection:
“(A)Commission.—
The term ‘Commission’ means the Northern Border Regional Commission established by section 15301(a)(3) of title 40, United States Code.
“(B)Commission state.—
The term ‘Commission State’ means each of the States of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.
“(C)Eligible county.—
The term ‘eligible county’ means a county described in section 15733 of title 40, United States Code.
“(D)Program.—
The term ‘program’ means the State capacity building grant program established under paragraph (2).
“(2)Establishment.—
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 20, 2018], the Commission shall establish a State capacity building grant program to provide grants to Commission States to carry out the purpose under paragraph (3).
“(3)Purpose.—The purpose of the program is to support the efforts of the Commission
“(A)
to better support business retention and expansion in eligible counties;
“(B)
to create programs to encourage job creation and workforce development in eligible counties;
“(C)
to prepare economic and infrastructure plans for eligible counties;
“(D)
to expand access to high-speed broadband in eligible counties;
“(E)
to provide technical assistance that results in Commission investments in transportation, water, wastewater, and other critical infrastructure;
“(F)
to create initiatives to increase the effectiveness of local development districts in eligible counties; and
“(G)
to implement new or innovative economic development practices that will better position the eligible counties of Commission States to compete in the global economy.
“(4) Use of funds.—
“(A)In general.—
Funds from a grant under the program may be used to support a project, program, or related expense of the Commission State in an eligible county.
“(B)Limitation.—Funds from a grant under the program shall not be used for—
“(i)
the purchase of furniture, fixtures, or equipment;
“(ii) the compensation of—
“(I)
any State member of the Commission (as described in section 15301(b)(1)(B) of title 40, United States Code); or
“(II)
any State alternate member of the Commission (as described in section 15301(b)(2)(B) of title 40, United States Code); or
“(iii)
the cost of supplanting existing State programs.
“(5) Annual work plan.—
“(A)In general.—
For each fiscal year, before providing a grant under the program, each Commission State shall provide to the Commission an annual work plan that includes the proposed use of the grant.
“(B)Approval.—
No grant under the program shall be provided to a Commission State unless the Commission has approved the annual work plan of the State.
“(6) Amount of grant.—
“(A)In general.—The amount of a grant provided to a Commission State under the program for a fiscal year shall be based on the proportion that—
“(i)
the amount paid by the Commission State (including any amounts paid on behalf of the Commission State by a nonprofit organization) for administrative expenses for the applicable fiscal year (as determined under section 15304(c) of title 40, United States Code); bears to
“(ii)
the amount paid by all Commission States (including any amounts paid on behalf of a Commission State by a nonprofit organization) for administrative expenses for that fiscal year (as determined under that section).
“(B)Requirement.—
To be eligible to receive a grant under the program for a fiscal year, a Commission State (or a nonprofit organization on behalf of the Commission State) shall pay the amount of administrative expenses of the Commission State for the applicable fiscal year (as determined under section 15304(c) of title 40, United States Code).
“(C)Approval.—
For each fiscal year, a grant provided under the program shall be approved and made available as part of the approval of the annual budget of the Commission.
“(7)Grant availability.—
Funds from a grant under the program shall be available only during the fiscal year for which the grant is provided.
“(8)Report.—
Each fiscal year, each Commission State shall submit to the Commission and make publicly available a report that describes the use of the grant funds and the impact of the program in the State.
“(9) Funding.—
“(A)In general.—
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.
“(B)Supplement, not supplant.—
Funds made available to carry out this subsection shall supplement and not supplant funds made available for the Commission and other activities of the Commission.”