The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), commonly referred to as the ‘grant-making’ arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), was established by Congress in 1934, along with NARA, to promote the preservation and use of the American documentary record. NHPRC grants support a wide range of activities to preserve and increase access to historical records and to publish, in print and/or electronically, the papers of significant figures and themes relating to the history of the United States. [URL: www.archives.gov/nhprc/]
For FY 2014, we urge Congress to provide at least $5 million (level funding) for the grants program of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests only $3 million for the NHPRC, an amount that will not support the ongoing programs and mission of the Commission at even a minimal level. It is up to the Congress to preserve this program, which has already been cut substantially in previous fiscal years.
Current Funding Status:
Under the sequester, NHPRC’s funding declined to $4.75 million from $5 million under the CR, which was a $2.0 million cut from the FY 2011 level of $7.0 million (and a decrease of $8.0 million from the FY 2010 level of $13.0 million). For FY 2014, President Obama requested $3 million in funding for NHPRC.
On July 17, The House Appropriations Committee for Financial Services and General Government voted to provide $3 million for the NHPRC in FY 2014. Earlier, the House subcommittee provided zero funding for the NHPRC. Representative David Price (D-NC), however, offered an amendment to provide the $3 million in funding. The amendment was approved by voice vote.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the Financial Services and General Government spending bill on July 23. Their bill provides $5 million in FY 2014 funding for NHPRC.
The NHPRC grants program is funded under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.
NHPRC Annual Appropriations, FY 2010 to Present (in millions of dollars)
|Budget Request||10.0 (1)||7.0||5.0||3.0||3.0|