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Home arrowNews arrowIncreased Funding for Preservation for Remainder of Fiscal Year

Increased Funding for Preservation for Remainder of Fiscal Year

In March, Congress passed and President Trump signed an appropriations bill to fund federal agencies for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year. The legislation is very positive news in terms of federal funding for historic preservation. Here are a few highlights:

  • Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Funding Levels. The HPF will be funded at $96.910 million, an increase of $16 million over last year. This represents the highest level of funding for the HPF since its inception in 1966.

HPF funds will be allocated as follows, with funding differences from FY 2017 noted:

State Historic Preservation Offices $48.925 (+$1 million)
Tribal Historic Preservation Offices $11.485 (+$1 million)
Save America’s Treasures grants $13 million (+8 million)
Civil Rights sites preservation grants $13 million (no change)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities grants $5 million (+$1 million)
New restoration grants program (see description below) $5 million (+5 million)
Underrepresented communities survey grants $500,000 (no change)

A new restoration grants program created by the bill will fund restoration of properties listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. They need not be of national significance, as with the Save America’s Treasures program. The grants will be made available to states, local governments, tribes, or community non-profit organizations for making sub-grants to eligible projects. Priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrated capacity for allocating similar awards for preservation of such sites.

  • Heritage Partnership Program Funding. National Heritage Areas will receive $20.321 million, a $500,000 increase over last fiscal year.
  • NPS Cultural Programs. The act provides $25.062 million for NPS Cultural programs, a $500,000 increase over last year. This additional funding is to be used for grants to non-profits to support programs for Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native culture and arts development. (This grant program was authorized in 1994.) Funding for the following NPS grant programs remains level with FY 2017: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Grant Program; Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program; and the American Battlefield Protection Program Assistance Grant Program.
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund.Funding will be $425 million, a $25 million increase over FY 2017. That includes $10 million in level funding for the American Battlefield Protection Act acquisition grant program.

More details on these and other provisions of the bill are available in a blog post by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

Updated April 13, 2018