Action Alert: Urge Your Representative to Cosponsor the Historic Preservation Enhancement Act
Take action to enhance the Historic Preservation Fund!
Urge your Rep. to co-sponsor the Historic Preservation Enhancement Act (H.R. 6589)! Introduced by Rep. Teresa Leger-Fernandez (D-NM) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), this important bill makes long over due enhancements and updates to the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The Historic Preservation Enhancement Act would permanently authorize and fully fund the HPF. Authorization for the HPF is set to expire in September of 2023 and recent appropriation bills have exceeded the program's authorized level of $150 million. This bill would:
- Permanently authorize funding for the HPF
- Increases authorization from $150 million to $300 million annually
- Ensures the HPF's $300 million is appropriated for it's intended purpose each year
Since 1976, the Historic Preservation Fund has helped to recognize, save, revitalize, and protect America's historic places. For more than 40 years, the HPF has empowered states and local entities to preserve the buildings and sites that tell their community's stories. Through additional grant programs like the African American Civil Rights Grant Program, the History of Equal Rights grant program, the Underrepresented Communities Grant Program, and others, the HPF is helping to tell a more diverse and inclusive American story.
The HPF's authorization has not been increased since the program's inception in 1976 and is long overdue. This bill would provide much needed certainty to the states, tribes, and local communities that rely on this federal funding to carry out their critical preservation work.
Urge your U.S Representative to support and co-sponsor the Historic Preservation Enhancement Act (H.R. 6589) TODAY!