(a) A State, political subdivision, and agency thereof, is not eligible for payments or benefits under programs specified in § 1400.1, unless the exception provided in paragraph (b) of this section applies.
(b) Subject to the limitation in paragraph (c) of this section, a State, political subdivision, and any agency thereof, may receive payments or benefits under programs specified in § 1400.1(a)(1) if both of the following apply:
(1) The land for which payments are received is owned by the State, political subdivision, or agency thereof and
(2) The payments are used solely for the support of public schools;
(c) The total payments described in paragraph (b) of this section cannot exceed $500,000 annually except for States with a population less than 1,500,000, as established by the most recent U.S. Census Bureau annual estimate of the State's resident population.