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National Park Service Underrepresented Community Grants Help to Tell the Full American Story

By Christine Grubbs and Tom Cassidy In early July, the National Park Service (NPS) announced the FY 2019 grants for the Underrepresented Community Grant Program, a competitive grant program that helps to protect and interpret the sites that tell the stories of all Americans. This small, but...

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On the Hill: House Considering FY21 Appropriations with Historic Funding Levels for the Historic Preservation Fund

Editor’s Note: The House of Representatives passed H.R. 7608—a package of four appropriations bills including the FY21 Interior Appropriations bill—by a vote of 224 to 189 on Friday, July 24, 2020. This week, the House is considering legislation that would provide a new record high of $136...

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Final FY20 Appropriations Bills Headed Toward Passage (Updated 1/2/2020)

Editor's Note: The Senate passed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 by a vote of 71-23 and President Trump signed it into law on Friday, December 20. The most preservation-friendly funding bill in history is poised to pass the Senate and head to the president’s desk following...

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Funding Opportunity: Putting the Historic Preservation Fund to Work for Women’s History

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) is the principal source of federal funding for implementing the nation’s preservation programs, including core funding for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. The National Park Service (NPS) administers several competitive grant programs within...

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On the Hill: Final FY19 Appropriations Passes, Finally; Preview of Big Wins for Public Lands

Facing a Friday deadline—the current short-term funding bill expires today, February 15—congressional negotiators reached an agreement to address border security and finalize the remaining FY19 appropriations bills earlier this week. The House of Representatives and Senate approved the measure...

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On the Hill: Building on Appropriations Success and Protecting Public Lands

Despite the highly polarized political environment, Congress is making progress on funding bills and legislation relevant to the historic preservation community. Read on for a roundup of current bills and advocacy efforts. To receive regular updates from the National Trust for Historic...

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FY 19 Interior Appropriations Testimony and Letters

National Trust Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Tom Cassidy submitted testimony to the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee (April 27) and the House Interior Appropriations Committee (May 11) presenting the National Trust’s recommendations for FY19 appropriations. The...

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On the Hill: President’s Budget Seeks Preservation Cuts. Again.

Last week President Trump sent his FY19 budget proposal to Congress. The annual ritual, replete with press photos of shrink-wrapped budget tomes and countless charts, marks the start of the formal FY19 appropriations process. Much like last year , historic preservation priorities face...

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