9521.2 Private Nonprofit Museum Eligibility

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This policy is archived and has been superseded by the policy currently in effect.

  1. Date Signed: August 17, 1999

  2. Response and Recovery Policy Number: 9521.2

  3. Title: Private Nonprofit Museum Eligibility

  4. Purpose: This policy clarifies what constitutes a museum as an eligible private non-profit (PNP) facility for the purpose of funding repair or replacement.

  5. Scope and Audience: This policy is applicable to all major disasters and emergencies declared on or after its publication date. It is intended for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel involved in making eligibility determinations under the provisions of the Public Assistance (PA) Program. This policy does not address museum collections or individual holdings; that topic will be the subject of a separate policy.

  6. Background:

    1. Publicly owned museums have long been eligible for disaster recovery assistance. More recently, Congress specifically added PNP museums as eligible facilities. Museums were included on the list of PNP essential governmental services listed in House Report No. 100-517, which accompanied H.R. 2707 (the bill which became the Stafford Act).

    2. This policy was developed to guide consistent treatment of PNP museums.

  7. Policy:

    1. PNP museums are confined facilities which are constructed or manufactured whose primary purposes are to:

      • Preserve a documented collection of artistic, historic, scientific or other objects, and

      • Exhibit the documented collection to the general public.

      Subject to the provisions that follow, PNP museums may be eligible for public assistance grant funding.

    2. Specific inclusions:

      • The museum buildings that are used for the preservation and exhibition of the documented collection.

      • Permanent facilities (e.g., walkways and driveways) of outdoor areas dedicated to museum-type exhibits.

      • PNP-owned historical buildings, including their appurtenances such as barns and other outbuildings, intended for preservation and exhibition of artifacts when they are within a defined area and maintained to exhibit the historical culture.

      • PNP-owned fixed facilities and equipment that are part of arboretums and botanical gardens.

      • Infrastructure (water, power, sewer/septic) necessary to support the museum building.

    3. Exclusions:

      • Administrative buildings and other assets that are not essential to the preservation and exhibition of objects for the general public are not eligible for public assistance funding.

      • The grounds at museums and historical sites are not eligible.

      • The definition of PNP museums does not include open natural areas or features, and it does not include entities that promote the preservation and conservation of such areas.

  8. Supersession: Memorandum from Craig S. Wingo to Nicholas B. Nikas dated October 5, 1995; Subject: FEMA-1044-DR-CA, Clarification of Term "Museum" as applied to Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, and other relevant provisions of previous policy documents.

  9. Authorities: Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, P.L. 93-288, as amended, Section 102 (9) and Section 406(a)(2); 44 CFR 206.221(e)(6).

  10. Originating Office: Infrastructure Division, Response and Recovery Directorate

  11. Review Date: Two years from date of publication

  12. Signature:

    Lacy E. Suiter
    Executive Associate Director
    Response and Recovery Directorate

  13. Distribution: Regional Directors, Regional and Headquarters R & R Division Directors

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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