Advocate for NCPTT!

Help restore full federal funding to the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Center (NCPTT). Alert your congressional representatives as soon as possible, before the 2018 budget goes before the House of Representatives. Please copy and paste the text below to include in your emails to your congressional representatives. The area in red is a place to personalize your email.     

Letter Template:

I am contacting you today to express my concern and outrage over the proposed 15% base budget reduction for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Center (NCPTT), which is part of the National Parks Service (NPS), in the House Appropriations Committee 2018 budget. In the House markup of the Administration's FY18 Budget Request, most of the major reductions to the National Parks Service were rejected and the funding restored. However, the committee accepted a 15% reduction in the base budget of NCPTT, which is in Natchitoches, LA.

NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer, and partnerships. The Center provides direct and competitive grants to promote research and training opportunities in preservation technology. The proposed 15% budget reduction will greatly impact the number of grants that could be made in 2018.

Unlike other NPS assistance programs, NCPTT’s grant funds are part of its base budget and, while a small federal investment, these assistance grants are critical. They are not replicated anywhere else, play an out-sized role in the world of preservation technology, and they help to keep the United States heritage community a world leader in conservation.

NCPTT Preservation Technology and Training Grants serve the public by addressing historic preservation problems through innovative research, training, and information sharing. NCPTT awards grants within several overlapping areas, including archaeology, architecture, collections management, engineering, historic landscapes, and materi­als conservation.

Since 1994, the National Center has awarded grants in 43 states, totaling more than $10.8 million in Federal funds. In the last five years, the Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program has awarded $1.9 million federal dollars that have leveraged an additional $1.1 million in non-federal dollars, resulting in more than $3 million in value added research funds.  

(Opportunity to personalize your message: has an organization in your state or congressional district received an NCPTT grant? Use the links below to check - if not, you can use the following language)

To learn more about the NCPTT Preservation Technology and Training Grants, please click the links below. You will notice that these grants are modest in size, but have a tremendous positive impact on recipients.  

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Please act today to support NCPTT and restore the budget to the full 2017 level in 2018. 


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