United States Capitol Building, circa 1861.

Federal Budget Deal includes New Funding for Preservation

By Preservation Maryland

After months of gridlock and a potential government shutdown, federal legislators reached a deal on Monday, May 1, 2017 that, if passed, will include new funds for historic preservation.

As a result of the hard work of grassroots activists from around the nation and the pitches made at this year’s historic preservation advocacy day, the latest Omnibus FY17 budget deal includes increased funding for the nation’s preservation programs.

Maryland Tobacco Barn, previous recipient of Save America’s Treasures grant funding.

Historic preservation fund updates

State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs): $47.925M, $1M over FY16 enacted levels

Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs): $10.485M, $500,000 over FY16 enacted levels

Competitive Grants for the preservation of sites associated with the Civil Rights Movement: $13.5M, $5M over FY16 enacted levels

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program: $5M, not included in FY16 levels and not funded at all since FY10

Historical Black Colleges and Universities Preservation Grants: $4M, not included in FY16 levels

Preservation highlights elsewhere in the fy17 omnibus

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