|For Immediate Release:
||June 12, 2013|
|Contact(s):||Mike Litterst, 202-513-0354
Hampton Tucker, 202- 354-2067
|National Park Service Historic Preservation Grants mean more than $21 million for projects in States and Territories
WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced $21.6 million in historic preservation grants to help states and territories preserve and protect historic sites.
“These historic preservation grant programs help states and territories tell the stories of their people and places, promote heritage tourism, preserve state and local historic sites, and provide a boost to local economies,” Jarvis said.
State officials may use the grants to fund projects ranging from the survey and inventory of historic properties, National Register of Historic Places nominations, preservation education, architectural planning, historic structures reports, community preservation planning, and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings. Examples of projects funded by grants in 2012 include:
The Historic Preservation Fund is derived by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. The National Park Service administers the fund and distributes annual matching grants to state and tribal historic preservation officers from money made available in Congressional appropriations. This year’s appropriation was decreased by about five percent as a result of sequestration.
Also today, more $3.7 million was distributed to Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to help American Indian tribes in carrying out national historic preservation program responsibilities on tribal lands.
For more information on the Historic Preservation Fund, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/
FISCAL YEAR 2013
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