Title 12, Chapter 3, Section 57
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Director" means the director of the Division of Historic
Preservation of the department.
(2) "Division" means the Division of Historic Preservation of the
(3) "Local jurisdiction" means any county or municipality in this
state and any duly authorized agency or instrumentality of a
county or municipality.
(4) "Museum" means a facility in this state which is organized on
a nonprofit basis for essentially educational or preservation
purposes and which:
(A) Owns or utilizes tangible inanimate objects of historical or
(B) Is organized for the care of those objects and exhibits them
to the public on a regular schedule; and
(C) Interprets the state's cultural heritage or the state's
history, natural history, or history of science and technology.
(5) "Nonprofit organization" means a corporation, foundation,
local jurisdiction, or other legal entity, no part of the net
earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder
or individual holding an interest in such entity.
(6) "Program" means the historical and cultural museum assistance
program established under subsection (e) of this Code section.
(b)(1) It is found and declared by the General Assembly that:
(A) Historical and cultural heritage museums present, interpret,
and preserve unusual and significant objects of this state's
heritage for the benefit, enjoyment, and education of the
citizens from every community in the state;
(B) Historical and cultural heritage museums are unique and
beneficial resources which supplement the state's educational
(C) These museums are the repositories and caretakers of
irreplaceable cultural items for the benefit not only of today's
generation, but of those yet to come;
(D) Museums, many of which are located in small communities,
play an important and cost-effective role in the leisure time
and tourism industry of this state; and
(E) It is desirable that the entire history and heritage of the
state be displayed and interpreted to the public where this
happened, creating centers of community pride and dispersing
tourist activity throughout the state.
(2) The General Assembly declares that the public interest is
served by the establishment of a program of financial and
technical assistance to help historical and cultural heritage
museums become more accessible to the citizens and visitors of
this state and to assist the citizenry in better understanding its
diverse cultural heritage by supporting the upgrade, care,
research, interpretation, documentation, and display of the
state's irreplaceable historical and cultural museum collections.
(c) Pending appropriation of funding to conduct such, there is
established a historical and cultural museum assistance program in
the division to provide assistance to local jurisdictions and
private nonprofit organizations for museums.
(d) The department shall:
(1) Manage, supervise, and administer the program; and
(2) Coordinate the program with federal, state, or private
programs that complement or facilitate carrying out the program.
(e)(1) The purpose of the program is to make grants to local
jurisdictions and nonprofit organizations for use by museums for:
(A) Research related to collections, exhibits, or other
(B) The care, conservation, interpretation, and documentation of
(C) The planning, design, and construction of exhibits;
(D) Educational programs and projects;
(E) The development of master plans for museums, including
activities required to achieve accreditation by the American
Association of Museums or other pertinent entity that provides
(F) The construction of minor structural modifications to
existing museum facilities; and
(G) The development of plans and specifications and the
provision of architectural, engineering, or other special
services directly related to the construction or rehabilitation
of museum facilities.
(2) Grants may not be made:
(A) For routine administrative overhead expenses; or
(B) To museums operated, in whole or in part, by this state.
(3) In any fiscal year, the commissioner may allocate up to 20
percent of the total moneys appropriated for the program to be
held in reserve for unanticipated projects that are eligible for
assistance in accordance with paragraph (2) of subsection (d) of
this Code section.
(4) The department shall make grants to museums giving due
consideration to equal geographic distribution throughout the
(5) A grant may not exceed $10,000.00 to any single museum in any
(6) The department may not make a grant to a museum under this
program unless the museum has been in existence as a nonprofit
institution for at least five years prior to the date of
application for the grant.
(f) The department shall:
(1) Conduct a survey to identify the locations, resources, and
needs of museums in this state;
(2) Provide technical and general advisory assistance to museums
that qualify or seek to qualify for grants under the program; and
(3) Encourage the development of long-range planning and
accreditation by the American Association of Museums or other
pertinent entity that provides museum accreditation and assists
museums in meeting professional standards.
(g)(1) The department shall carry out the purposes of the program
under provisions of Article 5 of Chapter 5 of Title 28, the "Fair
and Open Grants Act of 1993," as amended.
(2) The filing by the department with the Secretary of State under
the provisions of Article 5 of Chapter 5 of Title 28, the "Fair
and Open Grants Act of 1993," as amended, shall include:
(A) Application procedures and review processes;
(B) Procedures for adequate public notice of available
assistance under the program; and
(C) A set of selection criteria which the division shall
consider in recommending approval of applications for grants and
which must include:
(i) The relative merits of the project or activities within
identified state-wide needs;
(ii) The extent to which there is any contribution by the
appropriate local jurisdiction to support the project being
financed by the grant;
(iii) The potential for the project to stimulate increased
tourism, attendance, or museum self-sufficiency; and
(iv) Other factors that may be relevant, such as the
geographic distribution of grant assistance under the program.