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ACT NOW: Urge Your Representative in Congress to Support Historic Preservation Funding

May 12, 2011

Right now, Congress is making important decisions about the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, and funding for historic preservation programs is in jeopardy.  All funding for the Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America programs as been eliminated for FY

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2012. While the administration’s budget does propose desperately-needed increases to State Historic Preservation Office funding, only Congressional support can secure these increases.

Your Representative needs to hear from YOU, by MAY 17, that federal funding for historic preservation matters in your community. 

Ask you representative to sign onto the “Dear Colleague” letter, sponsored by Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus co-chairs Michael Turner and Russ Carnahan, that requests $70 million for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and ask that they also submit a programmatic request to fund the HPF at that amount for FY 2012.

Right now, New Jersey has NO representatives signed on to the letter. We need NJ’s legislators to add their names, visibly affirming their support for the programs and funding within.

The preservation community realizes that we all need to tighten our belts during tough economic times.  Therefore, the FY 2012 funding request for the HPF is 10% less than the total funding these programs received in FY 2008. We also recognize a long overdue increase for funding to State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO’s) and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO’s), and support the administration’s budget request for increase to these programs.  The breakdown of our $70 million request for the Historic Preservation Fund includes:

  • $50 million for the SHPO’s
  • $11 million for THPO’s
  • $9 million for grant programs like Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America

The deadline for this action is Tuesday, May 17th. Check out the Preservation Action website for a list of signatories who have already committed to the “Dear Colleague” letter: let’s get New Jersey on that list!

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