ROME, N.Y. – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, R-21, is introducing new legislation to help communities build and maintain military memorials.
Tenney was in Rome Tuesday to announce the new bill, called the Remembering Our Local Heroes Act. According to the congresswoman, the bill will establish a grant program to assist communities with the construction, restoration, or maintenance of memorials honoring veterans, active-duty military personnel, law enforcement, and firefighters.
The grants are authorized for up to $100,000, and will be awarded to applicants who can secure matching funds from other sources.
"I am honored to introduce the Remembering Our Local Heroes Act today, which will preserve the legacies of those who have sacrificed so much for our country and communities," said Tenney. "After the heartfelt Memorial Day ceremonies across our country yesterday, this bill is another step we can take as a nation to recognize the service of extraordinary individuals in our community and ensure their memories endure for generations to come."
Additional Details of the Remembering Our Heroes Act:
- Authorizes $2 million annually over the course of the five years.
- Requires the Secretary of the Interior to establish the grant program within 180 days of passage.
- Local governments and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funds, which may be used for construction, restoration, renovation, or maintenance of local memorials.
- Memorials can be dedicated to or commemorate veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces, law enforcement officers, and firefighters.
- Covers veterans who served in WW1 or after.
- The memorialized must have contributed positively to their community while demonstrating exemplary public service and/or distinguished themselves through an act of bravery.
- Grant applicants must demonstrate strong local community support.
- The maximum grant amount is capped at $100,000 per recipient. Recipients must also provide non-Federal matching funds of at least 50%. This ensures that any memorial receiving funds has strong community support and local funds are leveraged.