CSSB 7(CRA): "An Act establishing a museum grant program in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."

00 CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 7(CRA) 01 "An Act establishing a museum grant program in the Department of Commerce, 02 Community, and Economic Development." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 14.57 is amended by adding new sections to read: 05 Article 4. Museum Matching Grant Program. 06 Sec. 14.57.300. Museum matching grant program. (a) A matching grant 07 program is established in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic 08 Development for museum construction, expansion, and major renovation projects 09 approved under this section and for costs related to the repatriation of Native artifacts 10 by museums. The department may not accept an application for a grant under this 11 section unless the legislature makes an appropriation for the grant program. 12 (b) A person in charge of construction, expansion, or major renovation of or 13 repatriation of Native artifacts held by an eligible museum may apply to the 14 department for a matching grant under regulations adopted by the department.

01 (c) The department shall award not more than 50 percent of the total proposed 02 grant project costs to an eligible applicant. 03 (d) In this section, "major renovation" means a significant physical upgrade 04 that allows a museum to better preserve artifacts and present artifacts to the public or 05 to improve space to allow a museum to provide improved educational services to the 06 public. 07 Sec. 14.57.305. Eligibility. A museum may be eligible to receive a grant award 08 under AS 14.57.300 if the museum applies for a grant on a form approved by the 09 department and 10 (1) is located in the state; 11 (2) is eligible to receive state grant funds; and 12 (3) provides matching funds from other sources in an amount equal to 13 at least 50 percent of the total proposed grant project costs. 14 Sec. 14.57.350. Definitions. In AS 14.57.300 - 14.57.350, 15 (1) "department" means the Department of Commerce, Community, 16 and Economic Development; 17 (2) "museum" means 18 (A) a museum as defined in AS 14.57.290; and 19 (B) a cultural center used to exhibit, care for, or store 20 collections that is open to the public.