National Park Service and Partners Announce $12.6 Million in Save America’s Treasures Grants
Contributed By: National Park Service
WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $12.6 million in Save America’s Treasures grants to assist funding 41 preservation and conservation projects in 23 states.
The NPS, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), awarded these matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program.
“Save America’s Treasures helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations of Americans,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “This $12.6 million in funding will leverage more than $22 million in private and public investment for preservation and conservation projects without spending taxpayers' money.”
“Through these competitive matching grants, the National Park Service and our federal, state, tribal, local government, and nonprofit partners are helping communities preserve some of our nation’s most important historic places and collections,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. "By doing so we are saving these sites and stories for future generations.”
The Federal Save America’s Treasures program was established in 1998, and is carried out in partnership with IMLS, NEA, and NEH with the objective of preserving nationally significant historic properties and museum collections for future generations of Americans to experience, learn from, and enjoy.
From 1999 to 2017, more than 1,300 projects received $328 million to provide preservation and conservation work on nationally significant collections, artifacts, structures and sites. Requiring a dollar-for-dollar private match, these grants leveraged more than $377 million in private investment, and contributed more than 16,000 jobs to local and state economies.
In 2018, Congress appropriated funding for Save America’s Treasures from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), which uses revenue from federal oil leases to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation assistance without expending tax dollars. The current disbursement of awards is from the 2018 appropriation.
The projects funded by the 2018 appropriation include:Conservation of sound recordings from Alexander Graham Bell at the SmithsonianRestoration of Willa Cather’s childhood home in NebraskaRehabilitation of the National Soldiers’ Home in WisconsinPreservation of the Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega in New Mexico
The Save America’s Treasures program requires applicants to leverage project funds from other sources to “match” the grant money, which is awarded after a competitive review of project proposals. Buildings and collections which have previously received Save America’s Treasures grants are not eligible to receive a second grant for the same project.
For a list of all previously funded Save America’s Treasures projects, please view the SAT Impact Map at go.nps.gov/satmap.
For more information about the grants and the Save America’s Treasures Program, please visit http://go.nps.gov/sat. An additional $13 million will be available in FY2019 funding in the fall of 2019.
Posted: September 20, 2019
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