The National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures SAT program awards competitive, matching grants to federal, state, local, and tribal government entities, and nonprofit organizations for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant historic properties and collections. Applications and more information are available on the NPS website.
“The Save America’s Treasures program is one of the largest and most successful grant programs for the protection of our nation’s endangered and irreplaceable cultural heritage,” said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. “Since 1999, we have awarded over 1,000 grants totaling more than $290 million to preserve significant artifacts, documents, and buildings in every state in the nation. These funds attracted another $377 million to support preservation efforts – and created an estimated 16,000 jobs in local areas.”
SAT is administered in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, and the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.
SAT is one component of the National Park Service’s historic preservation mission that extends beyond national parks into helping communities protect important local history. Last year, the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), of which SAT is a part, funded 98 projects to conserve bricks and mortar in 38 states, and granted $46.5 million to state historic preservation offices and $7 million to tribal historic preservation offices. Check out the HPF 2009 annual report online here which highlights a number of success stories including:
- Galveston, Texas – a $250,000 SAT grant helped repair the hurricane damaged home of the Galveston Arts Center and spurred more than $1.5 million in private support and created 50 jobs
- Kalamazoo, Michigan – an NPS Certified Local Government grant to the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office helped the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the City of Kalamazoo combat the loss of the city’s historic architecture and train unemployed and underemployed contractors in the rehabilitation of historic wood windows.
Also in 2009, the National Park Service added 1,100 new listings to its National Register of Historic Places, added 55 Certified Local Governments as partners in the federal historic preservation program, documented 979 buildings and structures, and approved federal tax credits that leveraged nearly $5 billion in private investment in historic preservation.
“Throughout the country,” Jarvis said, “these programs are helping revitalize communities by promoting heritage tourism and helping turn under-utilized and often vacant historic buildings into revenue generators for local economies. We are honored to be invited into so many communities and proud to be a part of a solution that saves and shares our history.”
For information about other National Park Service preservation, conservation, and recreation assistance programs available to communities, please visit http://www.nps.gov/communities/index.htm