Historic Preservation Fund

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides matching grants to State and Tribal historic preservation offices to pay for such things as surveys of historic resources, training, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, and grants to local jurisdictions. In short, it makes preservation possible. This fund is an expression of federal commitment to America's rich heritage.

The HPF is funded with revenues from Outer Continental Shelf oil leases. Congress authorized the HPF at $150 million annually. The annual appropriations have been in the $60 million range over the past few years.
Two images. On the left, a row of one-story historic commercial buildings that are heavily damaged. At right, the same row of buildings with repaired masonry walls and storefronts.
Following Hurricane Katrina, which produced one of the greatest cultural disasters in American history, Congress appropriated $43 million from the Historic Preservation Fund to aid relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Most of the funding was for the preservation, stabilization, and repair of historic properties. Pictured above are the before and after condition of a commercial building in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Last updated: April 30, 2015

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