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$172K in historic preservation grants headed to Hawaii

August 19, 2017 - 12:32pm

More than $172,000 in historic preservation grants are headed to Hawaii, the National Park Service announced this week.

The $172,372 is part of $21 million in grants announced across the nation, which represents a total of $58 million awarded to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and partnering nations. In total, Hawaii will receive $583,153, up from $574,946 in 2016 and $547,946 in 2015.

“These grants highlight the Department’s and the National Park Service’s commitment to preserving our national history and heritage,” Deputy Secretary Bernhardt said. “Through valuable partnerships, we are able to help communities and protect the diverse historic places, culture, and traditions unique to our country for future generations.”

Administered by the National Park Service, these funds are appropriated annually by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund. The HPF funds preservation programs at State Historic Preservation Offices and ensures local involvement by passing 10 percent of state funding through competitive subgrants to certified local governments. All funding to the states and the District of Columbia requires a 40 percent nonfederal match, which leverages state, local, and private dollars to do even more with the federal HPF investment.

Since its inception in 1977, the HPF has provided more than $1.2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, tribes, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Funded at $80 million in 2017, the HPF does not use any tax dollars. It is supported solely by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues.

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