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President's Budget Seeks Increase in Historic Preservation Fund, Among Other Items
The President’s FY 2016 budget seeks $89.9 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, an increase of $33.5 million over FY 2015. The bulk of the increase is for a Civil Rights initiative, including the addition of $2.5 million for grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and $30 million for new competitive grants to preserve the stories and sites associated with the Civil Rights movement.
Of the President’s budget, $46.9 million is requested for State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), and $10 million is requested for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs). This represents level funding from FY 2015 for SHPOs and a $1 million increase for THPOs. The Administration is asking for $500,000 to continue the existing competitive grants targeted toward communities currently underrepresented on the National Register of Historic Places, funded at the same amount in 2015. The budget also requests $1.2 million for American Battlefield Protection assistance grants. Of interest is the reduction of support for existing National Heritage Area (NHA) commissions and grants ($9.7 million) and an increase of $703,000 to the National Park Service for digitizing National Register records. The reduction of NHA grants is consistent with prior Administration budgets that have sought to wean existing NHAs from continued federal financial support.
The President’s budget seeks $6.08 million for the ACHP, a 2 percent reduction, which will maintain the current level of operations.