On Thursday, December 19, historic sites across the nation received approximately $13 million in grants for the purpose of helping states preserve those landmarks. These grants will be given along with the Congressional budget agreement throughout 2014.
These grants not only benefit national historic sites, they also benefit communities. Historic preservation educates the public about the area’s culture and history. The grants come from funds derived from federal oil leases.
Grant money is typically used to survey historic property, fund educational programs, and repair buildings. Approximately 60 percent of the funds come from federal sources, and 40 percent of the funds come from state sources.
Examples of projects that have received grants in the past include historical research in the Bardstown neighborhood in Kentucky and restoration of the Rialto theatre in Deer Lodge, Montana. The Rialto Theater, built in 1921, had sustained fire damage in 2006. The theater had been restored in 2006 with a grant of $22,000 from the Historic Preservation Fund.