Budget deal benefits historic preservation

Posted in: Cultural Resources

historic-preservation-funding-2017-300x200pxCongress passed legislation funding the government through September. Several historic preservation programs received budget increases. Below are three key takeaways:

Historic Preservation Fund – $1 million increase for State Historic Preservation Offices and a $500,000 increase for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices. This is good news. It will provide short-term certainty to continue these programs’ important role safeguarding the nation’s cultural resources.

National Park Service – fully funded with an additional $81 million appropriation. The increase in funding is largely for brick-and-mortar projects to tackle the backlog of maintenance projects. NPS 100th anniversary centennial projects are also funded.

Save America’s Treasures grant program – earmarked for $5 million. This program supports preservation of nationally significant properties. After not being funded in past years, this is great news.

Thanks to the Coalition for American Heritage for providing a detailed summary of the lengthy bill.

Chad Moffett

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Chad Moffett enjoys different types of historic preservation projects and helping our clients. “Every place has a unique and interesting history. Discovering and understanding these stories and how history affected the built environment is an exciting challenge,” he says. Chad specializes in developing balanced solutions that meet client needs while respecting historic resources for future generations.

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