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The purpose of this section is to authorize within the Department of the Interior the Save America’s Treasures Program, to be carried out by the Director of the National Park Service, in partnership with—
In this section:
The term “collection” means a collection of intellectual and cultural artifacts, including documents, sculpture, and works of art.
(2) Eligible entity
The term “eligible entity” means a Federal entity, State, local, or tribal government, educational institution, or nonprofit organization.
(3) Historic property
The term “historic property” has the meaning given the term in section 470w of this title.
(4) Nationally significant
The term “program” means the Save America’s Treasures Program established under subsection (c)(1).
(1) In general
There is established in the Department of the Interior the Save America’s Treasures program, under which the amounts made available to the Secretary under subsection (e) shall be used by the Secretary, in consultation with the organizations described in subsection (a), subject to paragraph (6)(A)(ii), to provide grants to eligible entities for projects to preserve nationally significant collections and historic properties.
(2) Determination of grants
Of the amounts made available for grants under subsection (e), not less than 50 percent shall be made available for grants for projects to preserve collections and historic properties, to be distributed through a competitive grant process administered by the Secretary, subject to the eligibility criteria established under paragraph (5).
(3) Applications for grants
To be considered for a competitive grant under the program an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application containing such information as the Secretary may require.
(4) Collections and historic properties eligible for competitive grants
(A) In general
A collection or historic property shall be provided a competitive grant under the program only if the Secretary determines that the collection or historic property is—
(B) Eligible collections
A determination by the Secretary regarding the national significance of collections under subparagraph (A)(i) shall be made in consultation with the organizations described in subsection (a), as appropriate.
(C) Eligible historic properties
To be eligible for a competitive grant under the program, a historic property shall, as of the date of the grant application—
(5) Selection criteria for grants
(A) In general
The Secretary shall not provide a grant under this section to a project for an eligible collection or historic property unless the project—
(i) eliminates or substantially mitigates the threat of destruction or deterioration of the eligible collection or historic property;
In providing grants under this section, the Secretary may give preference to projects that carry out the purposes of both the program and the Preserve America Program.
(6) Consultation and notification by Secretary
(i) In general Subject to clause (ii), the Secretary shall consult with the organizations described in subsection (a) in preparing the list of projects to be provided grants for a fiscal year by the Secretary 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.
(7) 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—
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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