42 U.S. Code § 6707 - Priority and amounts of projects
(a) Allocation of appropriated funds; Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages; prior applications; unemployment ratio; limits on grants for any one State; territories
The Secretary shall allocate funds appropriated after May 13, 1977, under section 6710 of this title as follows:
(1) 21/2 per centum of such funds shall be set aside and shall be expended only for grants for public works projects under this chapter to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages. None of the remainder of such funds shall be expended for such grants to such tribes and villages.
(2) After the set aside required by paragraph (1) of this subsection, $70,000,000 shall be set aside and expended only for grants for any public works project the application for a grant for which was made under this chapter after July 22, 1976, and before December 24, 1976, and which application was not received, was not considered, or was rejected solely because of an error by an officer or employee of the United States. Any allocation made to an applicant pursuant to regulation shall be reduced by the amount of any grant made to such applicant under this paragraph.
(3) After the set asides required by paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, 65 per centum of such funds shall be allocated among the States on the basis of the ratio that the number of unemployed persons in each State bears to the total number of unemployed persons in all the States and 35 per centum of such funds shall be allocated among those States with an average unemployment rate for the preceding twelve-month period in excess of 6.5 per centum on the basis of the relative severity of unemployment in each such State, except that
(A) no State shall be allocated less than three-quarters of one per centum or more than 121/2 per centum of such funds for local public works projects within such State, except that in the case of Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, not less than one-half of one per centum in the aggregate shall be granted for such projects in all four of these jurisdictions, and
(B) no State whose unemployment data was converted for the first time in 1976 to the benchmark data of the current population survey annual average compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shall receive a percentage of such funds less than the percentage of funds allocated to such State under this chapter from funds appropriated to carry out this chapter prior to May 13, 1977.
(b) Local government projects; energy conservation; endorsement of project by general purpose local government; projects requested by school districts
(1) In making grants under this chapter, the Secretary shall give priority and preference to public works projects of local governments.
(2) In making grants for projects for construction, renovation, repair, or other improvement of buildings, the Secretary shall also give consideration as between such building projects to those projects which will result in conserving energy, including, but not limited to, projects to redesign and retrofit existing public facilities for energy conservation purposes, and projects using alternative energy systems.
(3) In making grants under this chapter, the Secretary shall also give priority and preference to any public works project requested by a State or by a special purpose unit of local government which is endorsed by a general purpose local government within such State.
(c) Unemployment rates; priority; States receiving minimum allocations
In making grants under this chapter, if for the twelve most recent consecutive months, the national unemployment rate is equal to or exceeds 61/2 per centum, the Secretary shall
(1) expedite and give priority to applications submitted by States or local governments having unemployment rates for the twelve most recent consecutive months in excess of the national unemployment rate and
(2) shall give priority thereafter to applications submitted by States or local governments having unemployment rates for the twelve most recent consecutive months in excess of 61/2 per centum, but less than the national unemployment rate. Information regarding unemployment rates may be furnished either by the Federal Government, or by States or local governments, provided the Secretary determines that the unemployment rates furnished by States or local governments are accurate, and shall provide assistance to States or local governments in the calculation of such rates to insure validity and standardization. The Secretary may waive the application of the first sentence of this subsection to any State which receives a minimum allocation pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection (a) of this section.
(d) Priorities for projects in State or localities with two or more projects
Whenever a State or local government submits applications for grants under this chapter for two or more projects, such State or local government shall submit as part of such applications its priority for each such project.
(e) Community or neighborhood basis of unemployment rates
The unemployment rate of a local government shall, for the purposes of this chapter, and upon request of the applicant, be based upon the unemployment rate of any community or neighborhood (defined without regard to political or other subdivisions or boundaries) within the jurisdiction of such local government, except that any grant made to a local government based upon the unemployment rate of a community or neighborhood within its jurisdiction must be for a project to be constructed in such community or neighborhood.
(g) Criteria for requests
States and local governments making application under this chapter should
(1) relate their specific requests to existing approved plans and programs of a local community development or regional development nature so as to avoid harmful or costly inconsistencies or contradictions; and
(2) where feasible, make requests which, although capable of early initiation, will promote or advance longer range plans and programs.
(h) Applications not submitted on or before December 23, 1976; grants prohibited; exceptions
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Secretary shall not consider or approve or make a grant for any project for which any application was not submitted for a grant under this chapter on or before December 23, 1976.
(2) The Secretary may receive applications for grants for projects under this chapter—
(i) Substitution of projects to alleviate drought or other emergency or disaster-related conditions or damage
The Secretary may allow any applicant which has received a grant for a project under this chapter to substitute one or more projects for such project if in the judgment of the Secretary
(1) the Federal cost in the aggregate of such substituted project or projects does not exceed such grant,
(3) such substituted project or projects will in fact aid in alleviating drought or other emergency or disaster-related conditions or damage. Section 6705 (a) of this title shall not apply to projects substituted under this subsection.
(j) Private nonprofit health care or rehabilitation facilities
Notwithstanding subsection (h)(1) of this section, grants may be made from appropriations made under section 6710 of this title after September 30, 1977, to States or local governments for projects for the construction, renovation, repair, or other improvements of health care or rehabilitation facilities owned and operated by private nonprofit entities.
Source(Pub. L. 94–369, title I, § 108,July 22, 1976, 90 Stat. 1000; Pub. L. 95–28, title I, §§ 105–107,May 13, 1977, 91 Stat. 117, 118.)
1977—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 95–28, § 105, added par. (1) and introductory provisions preceding par. (1), par. (2), and, in par. (3), introductory provisions preceding cl. (A) and cl. (B), designated existing provisions as cl. (A) of par. (3) and, in such cl. (A) as so designated, inserted reference to Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and substituted “three-quarters of one percentum” for “one-half of one percentum” and “of such funds” for “of all amounts appropriated to carry out this subchapter”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 95–28, § 106, designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added pars. (2) to (4).
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 95–28, § 107(a), (b), substituted “twelve most recent consecutive months” for “three most recent consecutive months” and authorized the Secretary to waive the application of the first sentence of the subsection to any State which receives a minimum allocation pursuant to subsec. (a)(3) of this section.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 95–28, § 107(c), substituted provisions directing State or local governments that submit two or more projects to submit as part of their applications the priorities assigned to each project for provisions directing that seventy percentum of all amounts appropriated to carry out this chapter be granted for public works projects submitted by State or local governments given priority under clause (1) of the first sentence of subsec. (c) of this section, with the remaining thirty percentum available for public works projects submitted by State or local governments in other classifications of priority.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 95–28, § 107(d), substituted “to be constructed in such community or neighborhood” for “of direct benefit to, or provide employment for, unemployed persons who are residents of that community or neighborhood”.
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 95–28, § 107(e), struck out subsec. (f) which directed that, in determining the unemployment rate of a local government for purposes of this section, the unemployment in those adjoining areas from which the labor force for such project might be drawn were to be taken into consideration.
Subsecs. (h) to (j). Pub. L. 95–28, § 107(f), added subsecs. (h) to (j).
Termination of Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands