The Historic Preservation Fund supports the work of federal and state preservation agencies, and provides grants to bricks and mortar restoration and rehabilitation projects across the country.
Each year Preservation Action, it’s members and partners, advocate for strong funding levels. This year, thanks to the advocacy of the grassroots, 124 Members of Congress, signed-on to a Dear Collegue letter that included these strong words:
Funding these core and essential historic preservation program represents a true investment in America’s treasured legacy multiplied many times over through public-private economic partnerships and ventures. Most importantly, it would create much needed jobs and ensure the protection of historic resource nationwide that might otherwise be lost forever.
Additionally, the House and Senate Dear Colleague letters request $56.41 million, including $46.925 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.985 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and $500,000 in grants to underserved communities.
House of Representatives
Thanks to your advocacy, 104 House Representatives signed-on to the FY15 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Appropriations letter circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Rush Holt (D-NJ). That’s 12 more than last year!
Thanks to you advocacy, 20 Senators signed-on to the FY15 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Appropriations letter circulated by Sens. Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). That’s 12 more than last year!
Representatives who have Signed-On
List Updated March 28, 2014; Organized Alphabetically by State
|James A. Himes||CT-04|
|Eleanor Holmes Norton||DC|
|Frederica S. Wilson||FL-24|
|Bobby L. Rush||IL-01|
|Danny K. Davis||IL-07|
|John A. Yarmuth||KY-03|
|James P. McGovern||MA-02|
|John F. Tierney||MA-06|
|Michael E. Cupuano||MA-07|
|Stephen F. Lynch||MA-08|
|C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger||MD-02|
|Donna F. Edwards||MD-04|
|John K. Delaney||MD-06|
|Chris Van Hollen||MD-08|
|John Conyers, Jr||MI-03|
|Gregorio Kilili Camancho Sablan||MP-AL|
|Ann McLane Kuster||NH-02|
|Donald M. Payne Jr||NJ-06|
|Bill Pascrell, Jr||NJ-09|
|Michelle Lujan Grishman||NM-01|
|Yvette D. Clarke||NY-09|
|Michael G. Grimm||NY-11|
|Charles B. Rangel||NY-13|
|Elliot L. Engel||NY-16|
|Sean Patrick Maloney||NY-18|
|Christopher P. Gibson||NY-19|
|Paul D. Tonko||NY-20|
|Marcia L. Fudge||OH-11|
|Allyson Y. Schwartz||PA-13|
|Sheila Jackson Lee||TX-18|
|Marc A. Veasey||TX-33|
|Robert C. “Bobby” Scott||VA-03|
|Gerald E. Connolly||VA-11|
|Suzan K. DelBene||WA-01|
Senators who have Signed-On
Historic Preservation Fund FAQ
In 1976 Congress amended the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to establish the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF was created to provide a continual and constant source of funds to implement our nation’s historic preservation program.
HPF resources, which primarily flow through State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, encourage investment in historic preservation efforts and accelerate historic preservation activities at the local, state and national levels – leveraging private investment, revitalizing communities, promoting heritage tourism, and building public private partnerships.
The HPF receives its annual deposit from off shore oil lease reserves. Off-shore drilling funds our national preservation program? Here is the legislative justification:
Federal lands include those on the outer continental shelf and oil companies pay for the right to drill for oil on those lands off the coast of the United States. The exploitation of one valuable resource supports investment in another. This is the thrust of the HPF – and also the Land and Water Conservation Fund after which the HPF was modeled. A share of proceeds from the consumption of one non-renewable natural resource (oil) is reinvested in our man-made historic and cultural resources.
From FY 1980 onward, the fund has received annual deposits of $150 million. The authorized funds deposited into the HPF are, however, subject to the appropriation process. Unexpended funds are to remain in the HPF until appropriated. The President’s Budget shows a balance of $3.28 billion.
For fiscal year 2014, Congress provided a total of $56.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund consisting of $46.25 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.985 for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and $500,000 for a grant program for survey and nomination.
Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes the federal preservation program and by extension State and local preservation efforts. As the dollars and staff sizes shrink in the SHPOs and THPOs, difficult choices must be made. Many times there is no alternative but to realign priorities and eliminate discretionary programs – public education, support for private sector non-profits, site visits to communities and rehabilitation tax credit projects – in order to have sufficient resources to address the activities about which SHPOs have no discretion such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases. These examples illustrate the debilitating consequences of under-funding and serve to suggest the incredible advances that additional funding could secure. At a time when Americans,
like never before, are searching to understand and celebrate the hallmarks of our democracy and our unique American experience, we have to hold the federal government to its responsibilities put into law decades ago.