|(a) General Fiscal Provisions. Eligible SWCDs must comply with any applicable provisions within the Manual of Fiscal Operations for Soil and Water Conservation Districts at all times. The Manual of Fiscal Operations for Soil and Water Conservation Districts is approved and periodically amended by the State Board and is available on the State Board's website; hardcopies of this manual may be requested from the State Board. (b) Sources of funding. Any funding available for O&M grants during a fiscal year will be determined by the State Board out of general revenue appropriated by the Texas Legislature. The amount of funding available for O&M grants will be determined by the State Board for each fiscal year. Other sources of funding may be used for O&M grants by the State Board if applicable and when available. Funds will be allocated by the State Board to eligible SWCDs for use during the fiscal year for which the funds were appropriated, unless the State Board has executed a contract with an eligible SWCD that allows for liquidation of the obligated amount over a period of time that extends beyond the fiscal year. (c) Allocation and reimbursement. Funds will be administered through an allocation and reimbursement process as specified in §529.5 of this subchapter (relating to Allocation of Funds) and §529.7 of this subchapter (relating to Reimbursements and Reporting Non-State Funded Match). (d) Activities eligible for reimbursement. Funds may only be used to reimburse eligible SWCDs and subcontractors of their choosing for costs associated with the performance of O&M activities as defined by this subchapter on flood control dams. Eligible SWCDs desiring reimbursement of any activity not specifically listed as an O&M activity in §529.2(9) of this subchapter (relating to Definitions) must contact the State Board prior to initiating the activity for approval. Other activities for which the State Board may reimburse eligible SWCDs and subcontractors include the purchasing of pesticides by the eligible SWCD for use by the SWCD or a subcontractor during the course of carrying out an O&M activity, the purchasing of easements, the administrative costs of eligible SWCDs associated with O&M activities, and any other O&M-related activities that are approved by the State Board at their discretion. (e) Non-state funded matching requirement. All O&M reimbursement requests will be paid by the State Board at 90-percent of the total reimbursement request amount. Ten (10) percent of the total reimbursement request amount must be paid through funds not originating from state appropriations. Reimbursement requests for O&M activities maybe paid by the State Board up to 100-percent if the flood control dam on which the activities were performed is a part of a watershed project where the original O&M agreement did not include at least one sponsor empowered by the State of Texas to levy taxes. (f) In-kind match contributions. All or a portion of the non-state funded matching requirement may be satisfied through "in-kind" contributions. In-kind contributions must be reported to the State Board on an in-kind match reporting form. In-kind match performed prior to the start of the current biennium is not eligible for use as non-state funded match. In-kind match reported in excess of the required amount for a single reimbursement request may be recorded by the State Board for use by eligible SWCDs on future reimbursement requests within the current biennium. In-kind match may not be carried forward into a new biennium. All aspects of reimbursement requests and the legitimacy of reported in-kind match are subject to review and approval by the State Board. In-kind match will be reported at rates approved by the State Board. (g) Standardized rates for in-kind contributions of O&M activities. A standardized set of rates for certain O&M activities will be adopted by the State Board for use in determining the value of in-kind contributions. Standardized rates adopted by the State Board will be made available to eligible SWCDs upon notification of allocation. (h) Administrative costs of eligible SWCDs. Eligible SWCDs may request a payment for compensation of their administrative costs in an amount not to exceed five (5) percent of the reimbursed amount. Payments for administrative costs must be reported on a reimbursement request at the time of its submission to the State Board. (i) Utilizing O&M grant funds for structural repair on flood control dams. The State Board, at their discretion, may consider approving the use of O&M funds for structural repair. All requests to use O&M grant funds for structural repair must specify the type of structural repair intended to be performed and must be submitted in writing to the State Board. All requests to use O&M grant funds for structural repair are subject to review and approval by the State Board. Copies of quotations and bid documents must be provided to the State Board upon request. If concurrence from the NRCS and/or TCEQ must be obtained for the specific repair activity, such concurrence must be obtained and provided in writing to the State Board prior to submitting the request for the use of O&M grant funds for structural repair.