Assurance of Compliance


By submitting a WESTAÏ WAC or VAT application, the applicant assures and certifies that it is in compliance with the statutes outlined below and all related WESTAF/National Endowment for the Arts regulations and will maintain records and submit reports necessary to determine compliance. The applicant further assures and certifies that all subrecipients of WESTAF/Endowment funds are in compliance with these nondiscrimination requirements and that it will obtain assurances of compliance from all subrecipients. WESTAF may conduct a review of the applicant organization to ensure that it is in compliance. If WESTAF determines that a grantee has failed to comply with these statutes, it may suspend, terminate, and/or recover funds awarded. This assurance is subject to judicial enforcement.

1. Nondiscrimination Statutes. The Applicant certifies that it will not discriminate:
  • On the grounds of race, color, or national origin, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.).
  • On the grounds of disability, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA") (42 U.S.C. 12101-12213). The ADA's requirements apply regardless of whether you receive federal funds.
  • On the basis of age, in accordance with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.).
  • On the basis of sex, in any education program or activity, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.).

For further information and copies of the nondiscrimination regulations identified above, contact the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Civil Rights at (202) 682-5454 or (202) 682-5695 Voice/T.T., or link to them through the Endowment's Web site at http://arts.endow.gov.

2. Regulations relating to Debarment and Suspension (45 C.F.R. pt. 1154) in which the applicant certifies that neither it nor its principals is presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in covered transactions by any federal department or agency, nor has, within the three years preceding the submission of this application, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against it for commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with a public (federal, state, or local) transaction or a contract under a public transaction; for violation of federal or state antitrust statutes; for commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, or receiving stolen property; had any public transactions terminated for cause or default; or is presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity with any of the preceding offenses.

3. The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. 701 et seq. and 45 C.F.R. pt. 1154) requires that grantee organizations, within 30 days of receiving a grant, make a continuing, good-faith effort to maintain a drug-free workplace through implementation of the following: Publish a statement notifying employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the grantee's workplace and specifying the actions that will be taken against employees for violation of the prohibition. (For the purposes of this Act, alcohol is not considered a controlled substance.) The grantee shall give a copy of the statement to each employee who will be involved in grant-supported activities and notify such employees that they are expected to abide by the terms of the statement. For the purposes of this law, "employees" include consultants and temporary personnel (but not volunteers) who are directly engaged in work under the grant and who are on the grantee's payroll. The grantee should maintain on file the address of each site where work is performed under the grant.

Establish a drug-free awareness program that will inform employees about the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace, the grantee's policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace, any available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs, and the penalties that might be imposed for workplace drug abuse violations. Employees should be informed that any conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute that occurs in the workplace must be reported to the employer, in writing, no later than 5 calendar days after such a conviction. The grantee, in turn, must notify the WESTAF Director of Programs, in writing, within 10 calendar days of receiving such notice from its employee. The grantee's notice to WESTAF must include the convicted individual's position title and the number(s) of each affected grant.

Within 30 calendar days of receiving notice of an employee's criminal drug conviction, a grantee should take appropriate personnel action against the convicted employee, up to and including termination, consistent with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; or require the employee to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program that has been approved for such purposes by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.

4. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.), which applies to any organization that controls or possesses Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and that receives federal funding, even for a purpose unrelated to the Act.

5. Federal Debt Status (OMB Circular A-129). The applicant certifies that it is not delinquent in the repayment of any federal debt or, if it is, provides explanatory information. Examples of relevant debt include delinquent payroll or other taxes, audit disallowances, and benefit overpayments.

6. Certification Regarding Lobbying. No granted funds have been paid or will be paid, by or on behalf of the grantee, to any person for influencing or attempting to influence, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal contract, the making of any federal grant, the making of any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan or cooperative agreement.