Federal Historic Preservation Fund FY 2020 budget

Congress passed and the President signed a bill that appropriates $118.7 million for the Historic Preservation Fund for FY2020. The bill funds state programs that includes the core programs of the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology.

Historic Preservation Fund:

FY 2019

FY 2020







Underrepresented Communities



African American Civil Rights



Civil Rights - All Americans



Historic Black Colleges/Universities



Save America's Treasures Grants



Historic Revitalization grants






* Figures are in millions.


Office of History and Archaeology and Alaska Historical Commission news

The Office of History and Archaeology is soliciting for development and predevelopment grant proposals to help with rehabilitation costs for historic properties. Owners of buildings and structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places individually or as contributing properties in a registered historic district are eligible to apply. The grants are for up to 50 percent of the total project costs. Predevelopment grants are limited to $3,500 minimum and $10,000 maximum in matching assistance, and development grants are limited to $10,000 minimum and $24,000 maximum in matching assistance. The application deadline is 12:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2020. The application package is available from Jean Ayers, Grants Administrator, 907.269.8694 / jean.ayers@alaska.gov.

The Office of History and Archaeology has revised the maximum request for HPF awards. Please note the maximum for Development grant requests is reduced from $25,000 to $24,000. Pre-development requests remain the same.

National Park Service news

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) is hosting the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation annual meeting, Conserving Cultural Landscapes, April 2-4, 2020 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The conference theme is Conserving Cultural Landscapes. Information on how to propose a paper—the deadline to do so is January 10, 2020-- and more on the conference can be found at http://ahlp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CFP-AHLP-2020.pdf, or by contacting the program chair Kimball Erdman at kerdman@uark.edu.

Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame seeks nominations

The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame is soliciting nominations of significant women for their class of 2020. A nominee may be living or deceased; of community, statewide or national importance and enduring value; and must have lived in Alaska at some point in her life. The application deadline is January 15, 2020. Nomination forms, submitted electronically, and more information are at www.alaskawomenshalloffame.org.

Vernacular Architecture Forum

The Vernacular Architecture Forum is seeking nominations for its 2020 Advocacy Award. The award recognizes individuals and groups for initiative, commitment, and action to promote and protect vernacular buildings and cultural landscapes. Nominations can be for a specific effort to promote and protect vernacular resources or for a nominee’s long-erm record. Nominations need to be submitted to advocacy@vafweb.org by January 3, 2020. More information can be found at http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/awards.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Funds Grant Programs
Annual Grants: The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently announced their annual grants program is accepting applications. The funding ranges from $2,500 to $5,000 and supports preservation planning and educational projects. The deadline is February 1. The National Trust reports that past grant projects have included engineering and architectural consulting services; tours that are accessible via smart devises; and market studies to assist in prioritizing preservation objectives. For more information, visit http://forum.savingplaces.org/preservation-funds or contact grants@savingplaces.org

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund: The National Trust for Historic Preservation, is now accepting Letters of Intent for the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. LOIs will be due Jan 15. The Action Fund, now in it’s third year, grants funding from $50,000 to $150,000 for historic sites, museums, or landscapes representing the African American story. Last year 22 projects received $1.6 million dollars in funding.

The National Trust has a marketing kit with sample email/enewsletter blurbs, along with social media samples and images available for use and sharing. For more information visit https://forum.savingplaces.org/build/funding/grant-seekers/specialprograms#AACHAF

2020 National Preservation Awards
The National Trust is now accepting nominations for National Preservation Awards. Nominations are due Feb 3, 2020.
Award categories:
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards: Celebrating he “best of the best” in perseveration projects.
The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Honoring an individual for their contributions over time.
American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing the achievements of an emerging professional
Trustee’s Award for Organizational Excellence: Awarding a nonprofit organization that demonstrates sustained achievement in historic preservation.

For more information, visit https://forum.savingplaces.org/preservation-awards or email awards@savingplaces.org

Public Projects Alert

Section 106 large project consultation in progress:

Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project

Cultural Resources Management Plan revision

Alaska LNG Project

Comments on resources of concern and impacts to historic and cultural resources

Review and compliance agreement development for large projects in progress:

Pebble Project

Programmatic agreement

Ambler Industrial Access Road

Programmatic agreement

Long Lake Section, Glenn Highway Rehabilitation

Programmatic agreement

Formerly Used Defense Sites Program

Programmatic agreement

For information on how to participate in the process, or on how to review and comment on the above projects, contact Sarah Meitl, 907.269.8720 / sarah.meitl@alaska.gov.

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Preservation Calendar





  • March 10-12 National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers annual meeting and advocacy day, Washington, DC (Ted Monoson, 202.624.5476 / monoson@ncshpo.org)

  • March 18-22 National Council on Public History annual meeting: Threads of Change, Atlanta, GA, https://ncph.org/conference/2020-annual-meeting/, Atlanta, GA (317.274.2716 / ncph@iupui.edu)

  • March 23-25 National Preservation Institute: Section 106, An Introduction, www.npi.org, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@nps.org)

  • March 26-27 National Preservation Institute: NEPA Compliance and Cultural Resources, www.npi.org, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@nps.org)





  • September 23-26 American Association for State and Local History annual meeting: What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?, Las Vegas, NV (AASLH, 615.320.3203 / info@aaslh.org)


  • October 9-10 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and Tulane School of Architecture Preservation Studies, 8th National Forum on Historic Preservation Policy: A Critical Examination of Preservation & the 21st Century City, New Orleans, LA (Laura Blokker, lblokker@tulane.edu or National Preservation Institute, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org)

  • October 28-30 National Trust for Historic Preservation, PastForward, the National Preservation Conference, Miami, FL (NTHP, 202.588.6000 / info@savingplaces.org)