Budget deal benefits historic preservation
Posted in: Cultural Resources
Congress 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.
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