20 U.S. Code § 1153 - Underground Railroad educational and cultural program

(a) Program established
The Secretary of Education, in consultation and cooperation with the Secretary of the Interior, is authorized to make grants to 1 or more nonprofit educational organizations that are established to research, display, interpret, and collect artifacts relating to the history of the Underground Railroad, including the lessons to be drawn from such history.
(b) Grant agreement
Each nonprofit educational organization awarded a grant under this section shall enter into an agreement with the Secretary of Education. Each such agreement shall require the organization—
(1) to establish a facility to—
(A) house, display, interpret, and communicate information regarding the artifacts and other materials related to the history of the Underground Railroad, including the lessons to be drawn from such history;
(B) maintain such artifacts and materials; and
(C) make the efforts described in subparagraph (A) available, including through electronic means, to elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and the general public;
(2) to demonstrate substantial public and private support for the operation of the facility through the implementation of a public-private partnership between one or more State or local public entities and one or more private entities, which public-private partnership shall provide matching funds from non-federal sources for the support of the facility in an amount equal to or greater than four times the amount of the grant awarded under this section;
(3) to create an endowment to fund any and all shortfalls in the costs of the on-going operations of the facility;
(4) to establish and maintain a network of satellite centers throughout the United States to help disseminate information regarding the Underground Railroad throughout the United States, including the lessons to be drawn from the history of the Underground Railroad, if such satellite centers raise 80 percent of the funds required to establish and maintain the satellite centers from non-Federal public and private sources;
(5) to establish and maintain the capability to electronically link the facility with other local and regional facilities that have collections and programs which interpret the history of the Underground Railroad, including the lessons to be drawn from such history; and
(6) to submit, for each fiscal year for which the organization receives funding under this section, a report to the Secretary of Education that contains—
(A) a description of the programs and activities supported by the funding;
(B) the audited financial statement of the organization for the preceding fiscal year;
(C) a plan for the programs and activities to be supported by the funding as the Secretary may require; and
(D) an evaluation of the programs and activities supported by the funding as the Secretary may require.
(c) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2009 and each of the five succeeding fiscal years.

Source

(Pub. L. 105–244, title VIII, § 841,Oct. 7, 1998, 112 Stat. 1820; Pub. L. 110–315, title IX, § 933,Aug. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 3459; Pub. L. 111–39, title VIII, § 802(a)(2),July 1, 2009, 123 Stat. 1957.)
Codification

Section was enacted as part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, and not as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 which comprises this chapter.
Amendments

2009—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 111–39inserted “this section” after “to carry out”.
2008—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–315, § 933(1), inserted “, including the lessons to be drawn from such history” after “Underground Railroad”.
Subsec. (b)(1), (2). Pub. L. 110–315, § 933(2)(A), added pars. (1) and (2) and struck out former pars. (1) and (2) which read as follows:
“(1) to establish a facility to house, display, and interpret the artifacts related to the history of the Underground Railroad, and to make the interpretive efforts available to institutions of higher education that award a baccalaureate or graduate degree;
“(2) to demonstrate substantial private support for the facility through the implementation of a public-private partnership between a State or local public entity and a private entity for the support of the facility, which private entity shall provide matching funds for the support of the facility in an amount equal to 4 times the amount of the contribution of the State or local public entity, except that not more than 20 percent of the matching funds may be provided by the Federal Government;”.
Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 110–315, § 933(2)(B), inserted “and maintain” after “establish” in two places and “including the lessons to be drawn from the history of the Underground Railroad,” after “United States,”.
Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 110–315, § 933(2)(C), inserted “and maintain” after “establish” and “, including the lessons to be drawn from such history” after “Underground Railroad”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 110–315, § 933(3), substituted “$3,000,000 for fiscal year 2009 and each of the five succeeding fiscal years” for “this section $6,000,000 for fiscal year 1999, $6,000,000 for fiscal year 2000, $6,000,000 for fiscal year 2001, $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2002, and $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2003”.
Effective Date of 2009 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 111–39effective as if enacted on the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–315(Aug. 14, 2008), see section 3 ofPub. L. 111–39, set out as a note under section 1001 of this title.

 

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