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National Park Service Awards $8.6 Million in Preservation Grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Published date: September 10, 2018

Virginia State University awarded more than $750,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Park Service awarded $8.6 million in grant funding to support projects that preserve significant historic structures on the campuses of 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Virginia State University received funding the preservation construction activities at Vawter and Storum Halls totaling $493,815 and $274,278 respectively.

“HBCUs have played an important role in our country’s pursuit of equality, civil rights, and higher education for all Americans,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “These grants will help restore and enhance landmark buildings that are a source of pride on campuses in nine states.”

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grants support the preservation of sites on HBCU campuses that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Eligible projects include pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s
Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Congress appropriates funding for the HBCU grant program through the Historic Preservation Fund. The Fund uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation projects, not tax dollars.

Story courtesy of the National Park Service

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