From Preservation Action:
Last week, the Biden Administration released their FY24 budget request. This includes specific funding requests for the Department of Interior and the National Park Service. Overall the budget requests $3.8 billion for the National Park Service, an increase of $289.2 million over FY22 enacted levels. The request includes $177.9 million for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). This is a $26.6 million decrease from the FY23 enacted levels of $204.5 million. The decrease is largely due to the budget not including Congressionally Directed Spending for HPF projects, while funding for other HPF programs were mostly level funded. Notably, the budget separates out $2.5 million for Tribal Heritage Grants for the first time. A full breakdown is below:
FY24 Administration Request: Historic Preservation Fund
$62.15 million for State Historic Preservation Offices
$23 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
$2.5 million for Tribal Heritage Grants *New*
$26.5 million for Save America's Treasures
$24 million for the African American Civil Rights grant program
$5 million for the History of Equal Rights Grant program
$11 million for HBCU preservation grants
$12.5 million for Paul Bruhn grants
$10 million for the Semiquincentennial grant program
$1.25 million for Underrepresented Communities Grants
Congressionally Directed Historic Preservation Fund projects not included
Total: $177.9 million
Additionally, the budget included language requesting the Historic Preservation Fund to be reauthorized for 1 year. The program’s authorization is set to expire at the end of September. The budget also included $3 million for the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Program, which was established by Congress at the end of last year when it passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023. This program will identify, document, preserve, research, and interpret African American Burial Ground sites whose protection and documentation has too often been neglected or forgotten.
The budget included $29.281 million for the Heritage Partnership Program, which supports National Heritage Areas, a small increase of $49,000. $9.494 million was included for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an increase of $909,000 over FY23 enacted levels.
While the overall funding levels for the Historic Preservation Fund are lower than we would've liked, Preservation Action appreciates the administration's continued support for the HPF, the funding of the African American Burial Grounds preservation program and the notable increase for the ACHP. During Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, attendees advocated for $225 million for the Historic Preservation Fund. This is the same amount Preservation Action will include in our testimony to House and Senate appropriators.
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