Action Alert: FY21 THPO Appropriations
Thanks to your advocacy last year, we received the largest ever increase in THPO funding in the FY2020 federal appropriation from the Historic Preservation Fund — $2 million! Building on the success of our campaign, it’s time again to send letters to Congress members on the appropriations committee. Since the original 12 THPO programs in 1996, there are now 194 — a great development! While the overall THPO appropriation has increased incrementally, it has not kept pace with the growing number of THPOs, resulting in a slight annual decrease of each THPOs’ apportionment. To begin to address this critical mission gap, we are asking appropriators for $22 million in FY2021. This would give the nearly 200 THPOs an average of $110,000 each — still meager, but a big improvement.
We are asking you to send a letter to U.S. Senate and House appropriators recommending and supporting this increase. Below please find two template letters. Can you help by sending these to your Council/Chair/President/Director for an endorsement?
In your letters, please add your own statement about how this impacts your tribe/organization. We ask that you take action on this by Friday, March 13, 2020, to have the greatest chance of affecting the budget process.
Click here for a letter to U.S. Senators that you may personalize and send to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.
Click here for a letter to U.S. Representatives that you may personalize and send to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.