Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced $46.9 million in historic preservation grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and three independent Pacific island nations. The Secretary also announced $8.4 million in grants to 131 American Indian tribes to support Tribal Historic Preservation Offices under the National Historic Preservation Act.
The $46 million in grants will enable the states to preserve and protect historic sites without expending tax dollars. The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) is supported by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. The National Park Service administers the fund and uses the majority of appropriated funds to distribute matching grants to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.
States officials use the grants to fund preservation projects, such as survey and inventory, National Register nominations, preservation education, architectural planning, historic structure reports, community preservation plans, and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings.
Grants and programs funded by the HPF encourage private and nonfederal investment in historic preservation efforts nationwide. Recent achievements of the HPF can be found in its annual report at https://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/downloads/2011_HPF_Report.pdf
For more information on the Historic Preservation Fund, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/index.htm
The National Park Service awards grants to tribes to assist in carrying out national historic preservation program responsibilities on tribal lands. Tribes can use the grants to fund projects such as nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preservation education, architectural planning, historic structure reports, community preservation plans, and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings. The grants are also derived from revenues from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf and can help catalyze private and non-federal investment in historic preservation efforts nationwide.
For more information about the National Park Service tribal preservation programs and grants, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tribal/