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Historic Preservation Funding Cuts Leave Projects Unfunded

The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology says some preservation projects in the state will go unfunded this year because of budget cuts.

The division received about $100,000 less this year than last from the state. While federal funds have remained relatively stable, the state money has not been enough to cover administrative costs.

Assistant director for financial incentive administration and planning Steve Kennedy says that means money dedicated for grant projects had to be cut back.

“The funds that we receive from the federal government we use for in house purposes, including several staff positions,” he says. “And the majority of funds we have given out as the sub grants for local preservation projects. And it’s that amount of money for sub grants that is declined last year.”

Kennedy says the cuts mean at least two projects will go unfunded. He says the Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin was next on the list to be funded. The $500,000 project applied for $25,000 dollars from the sub grants.  It will now have to rely on private donations.

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