Sec. 215. 32 Real Property (Title 2 CFR)
This circular concerns real property acquired with federal funds. Grantee and delegate agencies should know that real property is considered by the federal government as a property trust relationship when purchased with federal grant funds.
Each Federal-awarding agency shall prescribe requirements for recipients concerning the use and disposition of real property acquired in whole or in part under awards. Unless otherwise provided by statute, such requirements, at a minimum, shall contain the following.
(a) Title to real property shall vest in the recipient subject to the condition that the recipient shall use the real property for the authorized purpose of the project as long as it is needed and shall not encumber the property without approval of the Federal-awarding agency.
(b) The recipient shall obtain written approval by the Federal awarding agency for the use of real property in other federally sponsored projects when the recipient determines that the property is no longer needed for the purpose of the original project. Use in other projects shall be limited to those under federally sponsored projects (i.e., awards) or programs that have purposes consistent with those authorized for support by the Federal-awarding agency.
(c) When the real property is no longer needed as provided in paragraphs (a) and (b), the recipient shall request disposition instructions from the Federal awarding agency or its successor Federal awarding agency. The Federal-awarding agency shall observe one or more of the following disposition instructions.
- (1) The recipient may be permitted to retain title without further obligation to the Federal Government after it compensates the Federal Government for that percentage of the current fair market value of the property attributable to the Federal participation in the project.
- (2) The recipient may be directed to sell the property under guidelines provided by the Federal awarding agency and pay the Federal Government for that percentage of the current fair market value of the property attributable to the Federal participation in the project (after deducting actual and reasonable selling and fix-up expenses, if any, from the sales proceeds). When the recipient is authorized or required to sell the property, proper sales procedures shall be established that provide for competition to the extent practicable and result in the highest possible return.
- (3) The recipient may be directed to transfer title to the property to the Federal Government or to an eligible third party provided that, in such cases, the recipient shall be entitled to compensation for its attributable percentage of the current fair market value of the property.
Sec.215.32 Real Property (Title 2 CFR). EOP/OMB. 2005. English.
Last Reviewed: November 2008
Last Updated: August 5, 2015