H. R. 3165
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 6, 2017
Mr. Collins of New York (for himself and Mr. King of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide grants to veterans service organizations for upgrading local chapter facilities, including technology at such facilities, in rural areas, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Renovate and Enhance Veterans Meeting Halls and Posts Act of 2017 or the
REVAMP Act of 2017.
Grants to veterans service organizations for facility rehabilitation and technology in rural areas
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out a pilot program to award grants to eligible veterans service organizations.
Eligible activities and uses
An eligible veterans service organization may use a grant made under this section only for—
repairs or rehabilitation of a facility in a rural area of an eligible veterans service organization; and
acquiring or upgrading computers and technology for such a facility.
An application for a grant under this section—
shall be in such form and submitted in accordance with such procedures as the Secretary shall establish; and
shall include a plan for the proposed repair, rehabilitation, or technology upgrading and acquisition activities to be conducted using the grant amounts.
The Secretary shall select applications to receive grants under the pilot program pursuant to a competition and using criteria that include—
the extent of need for such grants;
the quality of the plan proposed for repair or rehabilitation of the facility involved or for acquiring or upgrading computers and technology for such a facility;
the capacity or potential capacity of the applicant to successfully carry out the plan; and
other factors as the Secretary determines appropriate.
An eligible veterans service organization may not receive a grant under this section during any fiscal year in an amount exceeding the lesser of—
the aggregate cost of the proposed activities and uses under subsection (b) for which the grant amounts will be used; or
An eligible veterans service organization that receives a grant under this section for a fiscal year shall be ineligible for any grant under this section for any of the succeeding five fiscal years.
Prohibition of new construction or acquisition
A grant under this section may not be used for the construction or acquisition of a new facility.
The Secretary shall prescribe regulations necessary to carry out the pilot program not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section—
for fiscal year 2018, $5,000,000; and
for subsequent fiscal years, such sums as may be necessary to carry out the pilot program.
For purposes of this section, the term
eligible veterans service organization means a local or area chapter, post, or other unit—
of any organization that is chartered under part B of subtitle II of title 36, United States Code, and that has as among its primary purposes honoring, promoting, advocating for, providing services for, or providing assistance to veterans or any group of veterans, as determined by the Secretary; and
that is located in a rural area, as determined by the Secretary.