National Park Service Press Release

National Park Service Historic Preservation Grants to States, the District of Columbia and Territories at $13 million
For Immediate Release:
December 19, 2013
Contact(s):   Mike Litterst, 202-208-6843

Hampton Tucker, 202-354-2067

National Park Service Historic Preservation Grants to States, the District of Columbia and Territories at $13 million

WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today awarded more than $13 million in historic preservation grants to help states and territories preserve and protect our nation’s historic sites. The grants – provided under the Continuing Resolution to fund federal agencies through mid-January – are expected to be augmented with the Congressional budget agreement for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014.

“Historic preservation funding sustains and revitalizes communities while preserving the social, cultural and ethnic heritage that enriches America,” Jarvis said.  “These grants – derived not from taxpayer dollars but from revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf – leverage state dollars to increase the preservation work states or the federal government could not accomplish alone.”

Each state, the District of Columbia and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands will receive $228,458. According to federal statute, the Federated States of Micronesia will receive $114,558 and Palau and the Marshalls will each receive $66,397. 

States may use Historic Preservation Fund grants to help pay for a broad range of preservation projects, from surveys and inventories of historic properties to National Register of Historic Places nominations, preservation education, and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings. The projects are paid for with 60 percent federal and 40 percent state funding. 

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

  • In Kentucky, the community of Bardstown researched the development of African American neighborhoods from 1865-1930 and the town of Danville surveyed historic properties associated with African Americans and prepared National Register of Historic Places nominations for two churches.
  • In Montana, the town of Deer Lodge used four years of Historic Preservation grants support to help restore the Rialto Theatre.  Built in 1921 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, the Beaux-Arts movie palace was damaged by fire in 2006.  The $22,000 in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund provided resources to plan the restoration project, which was completed in 2012.

The Historic Preservation Fund was established in 1977 as a source of preservation grants. It followed the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act and a call from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Committee on Historic Preservation for a national historic preservation program.

The National Park Service administers the fund and distributes matching grants to state and tribal historic preservation officers.  The National Park Service also manages the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

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