Each year, Washington Trust staff members and volunteers travel to Washington, DC, to advocate for historic preservation programs and funding at the federal level as part of Preservation Advocacy Week (also known as “Lobby Day”). Joined by fellow advocates from across the country, we meet with our state’s representatives and senators to emphasize the value of preservation to Washington’s communities. This is our chance to speak directly to the senators, representatives, and other high-level lawmakers who can enact real change to federal historic preservation policy and budgets.
This year, we’ll be meeting with our legislators virtually the week of March 8. Although we’ll miss the in-person meetings, we’re excited for the opportunity this provides to include more voices in these important conversations. Our state’s representatives and senators want to hear why you, their constituents, value our historic places, and this virtual format makes that more possible than ever.
If you want to share your passion for the places that matter to you, we invite you to join us for our virtual meeting with your legislators! Before each meeting, we’ll work together to ensure you and the rest of the team have all the materials, talking points, and background information you need. And if it’s your first time joining us for Preservation Advocacy Week, we’ll help connect you with online training opportunities before the big meeting day.
Want to learn more? Please email us before Friday, February 12, to let us know you’re interested and receive more information. We look forward to raising our voices with you next month!
Advocacy priorities will include:
- Updates to the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit – The Historic Tax Credit Growth & Opportunity Act (HTC-GO) is a bi-partisan bill that proposes important changes to the Historic Tax Credit to encourage more building reuse and more redevelopment in small, midsize, and rural communities. It would also make the credit easier to use and increase the number eligible properties.
- SHPO funding – Continued and increased funding for our nation’s State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) that process thousands of important reviews and provide pass-through funding to local communities.
- National grant programs – Continued funding for important national programs like the Civil Rights Initiative Competitive Grants, funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Save America’s Treasures Program, and the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants.
Track federal preservation-related legislation by visiting Preservation Action or the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Action Center.