National Park Service Press Release

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants of Nearly $34 million to States, the District of Columbia and Territories
For Immediate Release:
March 06, 2014
Contact(s):   Mike Litterst, 202-513-0354

Hampton Tucker, 202-354-2067

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants of Nearly $34 million to States, the District of Columbia and Territories

Report: Historic Preservation Fund provided nearly $53 million in 2013 to states, tribes

WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today awarded more than $33.8 million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to help states and territories preserve and protect our nation’s historic sites. The grants – provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 – augmented more than $13 million previously awarded to states under the Continuing Resolution that funded federal agencies from October through mid-January.  The total amount allocated to State Historic Preservation Offices in FY14 is $49,925,000.

“From community preservation planning to the bricks-and-mortar restoration of threatened historic properties, grants from the Historic Preservation Fund are helping communities preserve their social, cultural and ethnic heritage that enriches all of America,” Jarvis said.  “These grant programs help states, territories, and local governments tell the stories of their people and places while promoting heritage tourism, preserving state and local historic sites, and providing a boost to local economies.”

The Historic Preservation Fund is supported by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.  These projects range from surveys and inventories of historic properties to National Register of Historic Places nominations, preservation education, and rehabilitation and repair to buildings. The projects are paid for with 60 percent federal and 40 percent state or local funding. 

Examples of recent projects funded by National Park Service Historic Preservation Grants include:

  • When their National Historic Landmark designated church, the Santurario de Chimayo, was threatened by growth, the Latino community of Chimayo, New Mexico rallied, teamed with partners, and used Historic Preservation Funds to conduct community forums, document oral histories, and inventory cultural resources. The result was a preservation plan for the community’s unique cultural lands, adobe architecture, and acequia water ways, which will also be adopted into Santa Fe County’s Master Plan.
  • Morgantown, North Carolina, used Historic Preservation Fund grant funds on a feasibility study for a historic silo barn located on the campus of the local community college and within a National Register historic district. The study helped match the college’s need for more space for its professional crafts program with the vacant barn. Plans for the barn to house the local traditions of pottery, metal, and woodworking are now being developed and have become a priority of the college’s facility plan.

Also this week, the National Park Service released the 2013 Historic Preservation Fund annual report.  Program highlights for the year include: 

  • $52.7 million distributed to state and tribal historic preservation offices for support of a wide variety of programs that include the survey and nomination of historic properties to the National Register, historic preservation planning, rehabilitation of historic properties, education, disaster relief, and grant and technical assistance to local governments, States, and Tribes
  • Approximately 16.3 million acres surveyed for cultural resources, with over 135,300 properties evaluated for their historical significance and added to state inventories. Approximately 196,000 acres surveyed by tribes, adding 1,300 properties and 7,000 archeological sites to tribal inventories.
  • 29 new communities became Certified Local Governments, a national program that creates local, state and federal partnerships to promote historic preservation at the grassroots level.  There are now 1,866 Certified Local Governments throughout the nation.
  • Four states, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, received $38 million in disaster recovery grants for historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Grants totaling $9 million will be awarded to eight additional states and four tribes in the disaster area in 2014.

Historic Preservation Fund grants and programs leverage private and nonfederal investment, while creating jobs that expand and accelerate historic preservation activities. The National Park Service administers the fund and distributes matching grants to state and tribal historic preservation officers.  It is one of more than a dozen programs that provide states and local communities with technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities

For more information on the Historic Preservation Fund:

under Public Law 113-76

Alabama - $594,356

Alaska - $784,531

American Samoa - $167,803

Arizona - $629,005

Arkansas - $525,195

California - $1,265,779

Colorado - $656,768

Connecticut - $506,870

Delaware - $299,801

District of Columbia - $296,905

Florida - $803,374

FSM - $297,605

Georgia - $683,242

Guam - $180,665

Hawaii - $346,488

Idaho - $503,789

Illinois - $915,509

Indiana - $687,798

Iowa - $618,865

Kansas - $612,395

Kentucky - $585,628

Louisiana - $600,287

Maine - $480,615

Marshalls - $172,470

Maryland - $569,339

Massachusetts - $688,809

Michigan - $885,024

Minnesota - $713,557

Mississippi - $515,618

Missouri - $706,860

Montana - $557,066

Nebraska - $557,478

Nevada - $517,737

New Hampshire - $392,143

New Jersey - $696,254

New Mexico - $559,770

New York - $1,132,610

North Carolina - $697,733

North Dakota - $452,701

CNMI - $182,373

Ohio - $877,334

Oklahoma - $601,992

Oregon - $636,855

Palau - $172,470

Pennsylvani - $952,284

Puerto Rico - $416,615

Rhode Island - $350,472

South Carolina - $532,053

South Dakota - $476,196

Tennessee - $621,663

Texas - $1,106,432

Utah - $544,243

Vermont - $345,577

Virginia - $666,952

Virgin Islands - $186,658

Washington - $694,700

Wyoming - $460,431

Wisconsin - $721,915

West Virginia - $478,163

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