Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act Returns to the U.S. House

On Monday, September 14, 2020, Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced HR8240 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, [D-CA] co-sponsored the bill.

The proposed legislation would add Route 66 to the National Historic Trail routes. Known as the Route 66 national Historic Trail Designation Act, it first passed out of the House of Representatives in June 2018. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate, where it underwent some language changes before passing in August 2020.

Route 66 has been a crucial transportation artery for the heartland of America for nearly 100 years. Towns from the Midwest to the West Coast have seen the Mother Road bring tourism, employment, a higher quality of life, and civic pride to their communities. This legislation will allow visitors from around the world to experience the history of Route 66 and provide local businesses and tourism industries along the route with ongoing economic benefits.

Next year, Route 66 celebrates its 95th anniversary. As that historic milestone draws closer, the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership can think of no better birthday present for the road than to make it a National Historic Trail. The Road Ahead commends the efforts of Congressman LaHood and Congresswoman Napolitano in introducing legislation to accomplish this designation.

Established in 2015, with the support of the National Park Service and the World Monuments’ Fund, The Road Ahead Partnership’s mission is to revitalize and sustain Route 66 as a national and international icon through partnerships focused on promotion, preservation, research and education, as well as economic development.

Contact: Bill Thomas, Chair-Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership rt66theroadahead@gmail.com 217-648-5077

From the Rt 66 Road Ahead Partnership: NTHP Grant Opportunities

National Trust Preservation Fund – Historic Hawaii Foundation

NTHP Funding Opportunities for Route 66 Entities

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership is encouraging qualified public agencies and 501(c)(3) entities along Route 66 to apply for grants offered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation [NTHP]. There are two different funding opportunities that might apply: NTHP Preservation Grants and African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Grants.

NTHP Preservation Grants are a source of financial assistance for historic sites on Route 66, which is one of the National Trust’s National Treasures. In addition to general preservation grants, the National Trust has dedicated grant funds for several Route 66 states including Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and California. Funds are also available for Modernism and preservation efforts for native cultures in both Arizona and New Mexico. Grants are generally $2,500 to $5,000 and require a 1:1 match that can be cash, in-kind, or staff time funding.

NTHP preservation grants are available for planning, education or outreach related projects. Grants are not available for “bricks and mortar” projects. Applicants must be a public agency, 501(c)(3), or other nonprofit entity. For a private entity to be eligible, it must have an eligible entity as a fiscal agent. Applications are due by or before October 1, 2020. For additional information access NTHP guidelines and eligibility and/or contact grants@savingplaces.org.

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Grants are designed to help tell our nation’s full history, by drawing attention to the stories that evoke centuries of African American activism and achievement in the United States. Stories and places of African American culture and heritage have always existed, but too often have not been fully acknowledged for the integral role they play in the fabric of American society. These competitive grants range from $50,000-150,000 and support projects in four different areas, including: Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation.” Matching funds are helpful, but not required. The next deadline for grant applications is in January, 2021. For additional information access: African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Grants and/or contact grants@savingplaces.org.

Established in 2015, with the support of the National Park Service and the World Monuments Fund, The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership’s mission is to revitalize and sustain Route 66 as a national and international icon through partnerships focused on promotion, preservation, research and education, and economic development.

Contact:
Bill Thomas, Chairman
Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership
rt66theroadahead@gmail.com
217-648-5077