$26.7M in grants for historic preservation

Monday, July 11, 2011 12:00AM Press Release


WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced $26.7 million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and the three Freely Associated States: Palau, the Marshalls and the FSM.

The grants will enable the states to preserve and protect the nation’s historic sites without expending tax dollars.

“These grants will enable citizens of every state and territory to keep alive their heritage as a vital part of the American experience,” Salazar said.

“The grants are not only an investment in the story of America, but will also drive tourism and strengthen local economies.”

The Historic Preservation Fund is supported by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. The National Park Service administers the fund on behalf of the secretary of the Interior and uses the majority of appropriated funds to distribute matching grants to state and tribal historic preservation officers.

For information about other National Park Service preservation, conservation, and recreation assistance programs available to communities, visit http://www.nps.gov/communities/index.htm.

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