What the Spending Deal Means for Heritage Preservation

Congress reached a deal this weekend to fund the government through the end of this fiscal year, September 30, 2017. The spending bill is available here (all 1600 pages!)

What does the spending deal mean for heritage preservation?

  • Save America’s Treasures Grants are Back! This grant program, which supports preservation of nationally significant sites, structures and artifacts, had not been funded in recent years. The $5 million appropriated must be matched by grantees with non-federal funds.
  • Historic Preservation Fund appropriated at $80.9 million:
    • $47,925,000 to States ($1 million increase for SHPOs over FY 2016)
    • $10,485,000 to Tribes ($500,000 increase for THPOs over FY 2016)
    • In addition to $5 million for Save America’s Treasures grants, $13 million is appropriated for competitive grants to preserve the sites and stories of the Civil Rights Movement; $500,000 for competitive grants for the survey and nomination of properties to the National Register that are associated with underrepresented communities; and $4 million for grants to historically black colleges and universities.
  • National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities Get Increase! Both endowments are funded at $150 million, meaning they each get a $2 million increase!
  • National Park Service Fully Funded and Centennial Projects Supported: NPS is fully funded, with an additional $81 million appropriated for Centennial projects / maintenance backlog.
  • BLM Gets a Foundation: Establishes a Bureau of Land Management Foundation to accept charitable contributions to support BLM’s mission, including stewardship of cultural and archaeological treasures on public lands
  • National Science Foundation gets level funding.