In a major victory, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) will receive its highest level of funding in recent memory under the fiscal year (FY) 2009 omnibus spending bill (HR 1105) that was enacted into law this week. The NHPRC received $9.25 million for grants (plus $2 million for administrative costs), $1.75 million more than in FY ’08.

This marks the first time that the NHPRC has come close to its fully authorized amount of $10 million per-year. In his fiscal year 2009 budget submission, President Bush proposed zero funding and elimination of the NHPRC.

NHPRC FY ’09 Budget Summary:

  • $9.25 million for grants (7.5 million) +$1.75 million
  • $2 million for administrative expenses (same as FY ‘08)

TOTAL FUNDING–$11.25 million ($9.5 million) +$1.75 million