National Park Service Awards over $56 Million in Historic Preservation Grants to States and Tribes
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WASHINGTON – The National Park Service announced today the awarding of $46.9 million for historic preservation grants to every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia, in addition to $9.8 million in grants to more than 160 tribes for cultural
and heritage preservation projects on their tribal lands.
“The National Park Service is proud to team up with every state in the Union and 163 Tribes to preserve our nation’s important historic places, culture, and tradition through important tools like these historic preservation grants,” National Park Service
Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are committed to telling a more complete and diverse story of America’s history in our second century. This grant program helps us accomplish that goal at the state, tribal, and local community level.”
Administered by the National Park Service (NPS), these funds are a part of annual appropriations from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Since its inception in 1977, the HPF has provided more than $1.2 billion in historic preservation grants to
states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations.
Funding is supported by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues, not tax dollars, with intent to mitigate the loss of a non-renewable resource to benefit the preservation of other irreplaceable resources.
All funding to the states and District of Columbia requires a 40% non-federal match, which leverages state, local and private dollars to do even more with the federal HPF investment. The HPF grants fund preservation programs at state offices and ensure
support of local preservation with a required 10% pass through to Certified Local Governments via competitive subgrants.
The HPF is also an essential funding stream for tribes to preserve their unique cultural and heritage resources through a broad range of activities, including identifying places of cultural significance for planning and protection purposes, public
education and training, and leading tribal preservation initiatives.
Projects funded by HPF grants connect Americans to their history and culture in a variety of ways. For example, the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Washington used HPF grant funding to help tribal youth study and replicate pre-contact
artifacts made by their ancestors and to learn cultural songs and traditions through the guidance of experienced artists. The State of Wisconsin used an HPF grant to conduct underwater surveys of shipwrecks in Lake Michigan in support of National Register of Historic Places nominations for the S.C. Baldwin and three newly discovered vessels.
The grants announcement comes as the National Park Service celebrates Preservation Month. Throughout May the NPS will join preservation partners across the country in promoting the success of historic preservation in saving the places that make communities special and provide economic development and quality of life.
Preservation Month provides the chance to reflect on the efforts to protect our nation’s cultural resources against led to the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 that ensures “future generations a genuine opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the rich heritage of our Nation.”
For more information about the National Park Service historic preservation programs and grants, please visit: nps.gov/stlpg
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