White House budget proposal axes preservation funding

Posted in: Cultural Resources

amfirst-for-blogThe Trump administration’s proposed budget significantly reduces funding for historic preservation programs. The 2018 Budget Blueprint is far from a final document, but its proposals and priorities should worry cultural resources professionals.

The Department of the Interior, which includes the National Park Service, is slated for a 12 percent reduction in funding across the board. The NPS administers the majority of the nation’s preservation funding and programs, such as the Historic Preservation Fund, Historic Tax Credit program and the Historic American Building Survey.

Trump has proposed elimination of money to the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum Library Services.

The administration also wants to axe money for the National Heritage Area program, which spends about $19 million on historic and cultural resource preservation across the country. The program uses federal dollars to create public-private partnerships.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Action Center provides insight into preservation programs that may be impacted and an avenue to join grassroots efforts. And, Preservation Maryland delivers a helpful breakdown the impact of the proposed budget on historic preservation.

Many other federal and independent agencies with programs supporting historic preservation will also be subject to cuts. Stay tuned for further developments.

Christina Slattery

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Christina Slattery specializes in historic preservation of transportation and engineering structures. She evaluates the significance of properties ranging from missile defense systems to road corridors, and develops creative mitigation strategies for projects.

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