WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service has announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and partnering nations this year.
“These grants highlight the Department’s and the National Park Service’s commitment to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage,” Deputy Secretary Bernhardt said. “Through valuable partnerships,we are able to help communities and tribes 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 (HPF). The HPF funds preservation programs at State Historic Preservation Offices and ensures local involvement by passing 10% of state funding through competitive subgrants to Certified Local Governments. All funding to the states and the District of Columbia requires a 40% non-federal match, which leverages state, local, and private dollars to do even more with the federal HPF investment. Tribal grants do not require a match, although all tribes supplement their funding to accomplish their Tribal Preservation Office mission.
Since its inception in 1977, the HPF has provided more than $1.2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Funded at $80 million in 2017, the HPF is supported by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues rather than tax dollars.
Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in New Mexico receiving funds include: Jicarilla Apache Nation ($33,358), Mescalero Apache Tribe ($31,651), Pueblo of Isleta ($29,926), Pueblo of Jemez ($28,393), Pueblo of Laguna ($31,856), Pueblo of Pojoaque ($25,832), Pueblo of San Felipe ($27,779), Pueblo of Santa Ana ($28,108), Pueblo of Santa Clara ($27,662), Pueblo of Tesuque ($26,175) and Pueblo of Zuni ($31,664).
For more information about the National Park Service historic preservation programs and grants, please visit www.nps.gov/stlpg/