[115th Congress Public Law 413]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

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Public Law 115-413
115th Congress

                                 An Act

     To provide competitive grants for the operation, security, and 
maintenance of certain memorials to victims of the terrorist attacks of 
       September 11, 2001. <<NOTE: Jan. 3, 2019 -  [H.R. 6287]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: 9/11 Memorial 
Act. 54 USC 320301 note.>> 

    This Act may be cited as the ``9/11 Memorial Act''.

    In this Act:
            (1) Covered memorial.--The term ``covered memorial'' means a 
        memorial located in the United States established to commemorate 
        the events of, and honor the victims of, the terrorist attacks 
        on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 
        2001, at the site of the attacks.
            (2) Eligible entity.--The term ``eligible entity'' means the 
        official organization, as in existence on the date of enactment 
        of this Act--
                    (A) the focus of which is the operations and 
                preservation of a covered memorial; and
                    (B) which is an organization described in section 
                501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and 
                exempt from taxation under 501(a) of that Code.
            (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior.

    (a) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  In General.--Subject to the 
availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall award to eligible 
entities competitive grants of varying amounts, as determined by the 
Secretary, to be used by the eligible entity solely for the purposes 
described in subsection (b).

    (b) Purposes.--A grant awarded under subsection (a) shall be used by 
an eligible entity for the operation, security, and maintenance of a 
covered memorial.
    (c) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  Deadline for Award.--If the Secretary, 
after review of an application from an eligible entity, determines to 
award a grant to the eligible entity, the Secretary shall award the 
grant not later than 60 days after the date of receipt of the completed 

    (d) Availability.--Grant funds made available under this section 
shall remain available until expended.

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    (e) Criteria.--In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary 
shall give greatest weight in the selection of eligible entities using 
the following criteria:
            (1) The needs of the eligible entity, and ability and 
        commitment of the eligible entity to use grant funds, with 
        respect to ensuring the security and safety of visitors of the 
        covered memorial.
            (2) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  The ability of the eligible 
        entity to match the amount of the grant, on at least a 1-to-1 
        basis, with non-Federal assets from non-Federal sources, 
        including cash or durable goods and materials fairly valued, as 
        determined by the Secretary.
            (3) The greatest number of visitors that would benefit.
            (4) The ability and commitment of an eligible entity to use 
        grant funds--
                    (A) to preserve the grounds at the covered memorial; 
                    (B) to educate future generations.
            (5) The ability and commitment of an eligible entity to use 
        grant funds to increase the numbers of economically 
        disadvantaged visitors to the covered memorial.

    (f) Limitation.--No grant shall be awarded under this section--
            (1) for use at a covered memorial that does not provide 
                    (A) free admission to all facilities and museums 
                associated with the covered memorial for active and 
                retired members of the military, registered first 
                responders to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and 
                family members of victims of the attacks of September 
                11, 2001; and
                    (B) dedicated free admission hours for the general 
                public at least once a week; or
            (2) <<NOTE: Review. Public information.>>  to an eligible 
        entity that does not allow for annual Federal audits of the 
        financial statements of the eligible entity, including revenues 
        associated with ticket sales, charitable donations, grants, and 
        all expenditures on salaries and operations, which shall be 
        subject to review by the Secretary and made available to the 

    (g) Reports.--Not later than 90 days after the end of each calendar 
year for which an eligible entity obligates or expends any amounts made 
available under a grant under this section, the eligible entity shall 
submit to the Secretary and the appropriate committees of Congress a 
report that--
            (1) specifies the amount of grant funds obligated or 
        expended for the preceding fiscal year;
            (2) specifies any purposes for which the funds were 
        obligated or expended; and

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            (3) includes any other information that the Secretary may 
        require to more effectively administer the grant program under 
        this section.

    Approved January 3, 2019.


HOUSE REPORTS: No. 115-930 (Comm. on Natural Resources).
            Sept. 12, considered and passed House.
            Dec. 20, considered and passed Senate, amended.
            Dec. 21, House concurred in Senate amendment.