Last night, the president signed into law the most preservation-friendly appropriations bill in history. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and our partners advocated for many of the funding increases and policy provisions included in the final funding bill. The provisions impact issues and places that you have taken action on, from submitting public comments to contacting your members of Congress.
Key highlights include:
- Record funding for the third year in a row for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), including increases for State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs).
- An increase of funding for African American Civil Rights grants and a new grant program for Civil Rights for All Americans, including women, American Latino, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and LGBTQ Americans.
- Historic Revitalization Grants program was expanded and renamed in honor of the late Paul Bruhn, long-time executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont.
- Several items impacting the Greater Chaco Landscape.
- The highest level of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) funding in 17 years.
- Increases of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.
- An increase in funding for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
As we celebrate the preservation victories in this bill, we will soon be gearing up for the FY 2021 appropriations process. Please consider signing up for our government relations newsletter to get updates about ongoing developments and opportunities to advocate for robust funding for preservation.