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Secretary of the Interior Salazar Announces $26.7 Million in Grants to States, Territories and Pacific Nations for Historic Preservation
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Contributed By: National Park Service

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $26.7
million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to the 50 states, the
District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and three independent Pacific
island nations. The grants will enable the states to preserve and protect
our nation’s historic sites without expending tax dollars.

“These grants will enable citizens of every state and territory to keep
alive their heritage as a vital part of the American experience,” Secretary
Salazar said. “The grants are not only an investment in the story of
America, but will also drive tourism and strengthen local economies.”

The Historic Preservation Fund is supported by revenue from federal oil
leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. The National Park Service
administers the fund on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and uses
the majority of appropriated funds to distribute matching grants to State
and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.
“Throughout the country, HPF grants and other federal historic preservation
programs help sustain and revitalize communities,” National Park Service
Director Jon Jarvis said. “Historic preservation promotes heritage tourism
and can transform under-utilized and often-vacant historic buildings into
revenue-generators for local economies. The National Park Service is
honored to be invited into so many communities and is proud to assist in
saving and sharing history.”

States officials use the grants to fund preservation projects, such as
survey and inventory, National Register nominations, preservation
education, architectural planning, historic structure reports, community
preservation plans, and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings.

Ten percent of each state’s allocation must be sub-granted to Certified
Local Governments – city and county governments certified by the National
Park Service and the state as having made a local commitment to historic
preservation. These funds are spent on local projects, with selection
decisions made at the state level.

Grants and programs funded by the HPF encourage private and nonfederal
investment in historic preservation efforts nationwide. Recent achievements
of the HPF can be found in its annual report at
http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/downloads/2010_HPF_Report.pdf.

For information about other National Park Service preservation,
conservation, and recreation assistance programs available to communities,
please visit http://www.nps.gov/communities/index.htm.

Keywords: grants, funding, national park service, historic preservation

Posted: July 9, 2011
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