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Park Service Announces Save America's Treasures 2000

Application and Guidelines Available for FY 2000 Historic Preservation Fund Grants

The National Park Service, Department of the Interior, is pleased to announce that the application and guidelines for the Save America's Treasures FY 2000 Historic Preservation Fund Grants are available. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites. A total of $15 million will be awarded.

In 1999, Congress approved President Clinton's request for funding to Save America's Treasures, providing $30 million in Federal grants to address the urgent preservation needs of the nation's most significant historic sites and collections. As a result of this appropriation, twelve Federal agencies received awards for 62 projects in 24 states, the District of Columbia and the Midway Islands. Building upon the success of this grant program, Congress approved an additional $30 million to Save America's Treasures as part of the Fiscal Year 2000 budget.

This year's appropriation has earmarked $15 million for select preservation projects nationwide, with the remaining $15 million available in federal grants to protect America's threatened cultural treasures, including significant documents, works of art, buildings, objects, and collections. All applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2000. Award recipients are scheduled to be announced in June.

Given the increased awareness of the Save America's Treasures program, it is anticipated that the number of applications submitted will increase dramatically from last year, making the distribution of the $15 million a highly competitive process.

An application and detailed guidelines on how to apply for the Save America's Treasures FY 2000 Historic Preservation Fund Grants are available here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you have questions regarding the Save America's Treasures Fiscal Year 2000 grant application process, please contact the federal or non-federal agency listed below most appropriate to handle your inquiry:

National Park Service
Telephone: 202.343.9570
E-mail: treasures@nps.gov

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Telephone: 202.606.8547
E-mail: mekennelly@imls.gov

National Endowment for the Arts
Telephone: 202.682.5489
E-mail: mclaughm@arts.endow.gov

National Endowment for the Humanities
Telephone: 202.606.8570
E-mail: preservation@neh.gov

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Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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