16 U.S. Code § 469n - Preserve America Program
The purpose of this section is to authorize the Preserve America Program, including—
In this section:
(2) Heritage tourism
The term “heritage tourism” means the conduct of activities to attract and accommodate visitors to a site or area based on the unique or special aspects of the history, landscape (including trail systems), and culture of the site or area.
The term “program” means the Preserve America Program established under subsection (c)(1).
(1) In general
There is established in the Department of the Interior the Preserve America Program, under which the Secretary, in partnership with the Council, may provide competitive grants to States, local governments (including local governments in the process of applying for designation as Preserve America Communities under subsection (d)), Indian tribes, communities designated as Preserve America Communities under subsection (d), State historic preservation offices, and tribal historic preservation offices to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning activities.
(2) Eligible projects
(A) In general
The following projects shall be eligible for a grant under this section:
(i) A project for the conduct of—
(iii) A planning project (other than building rehabilitation) that advances economic development using heritage tourism and historic preservation.
(iv) A training project that provides opportunities for professional development in areas that would aid a community in using and promoting its historic resources.
(v) A project to support heritage tourism in a Preserve America Community designated under subsection (d).
In providing grants under this section, the Secretary may give preference to projects that carry out the purposes of both the program and the Save America’s Treasures Program.
(4) Consultation and notification
The Secretary shall consult with the Council in preparing the list of projects to be provided grants for a fiscal year under the program.
Not later than 30 days before the date on which the Secretary provides grants for a fiscal year under the program, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives a list of any eligible projects that are to be provided grants under the program for the fiscal year.
(5) Cost-sharing requirement
(A) In general
The non-Federal share of the cost of carrying out a project provided a grant under this section shall be not less than 50 percent of the total cost of the project.
(B) Form of non-Federal share
The non-Federal share required under subparagraph (A) shall be in the form of—
(d) Designation of Preserve America Communities
To be considered for designation as a Preserve America Community, a community, tribal area, or neighborhood shall submit to the Council an application containing such information as the Council may require.
To be designated as a Preserve America Community under the program, a community, tribal area, or neighborhood that submits an application under paragraph (1) shall, as determined by the Council, in consultation with the Secretary, meet criteria required by the Council and, in addition, consider—
(B) use of the historic assets of the community, tribal area, or neighborhood for economic development and community revitalization; and
(3) Local governments previously certified for historic preservation activities
The Secretary shall develop any guidelines and issue any regulations that the Secretary determines to be necessary to carry out this section.
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