Smithsonian Fiscal Year 2015 Federal Appropriation Totals $819.5 Million

December 19, 2014
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The Smithsonian’s fiscal year 2015 federal appropriation totals $819.5 million. It is $14.5 million above the FY 2014 budget of $805 million. The current appropriation includes $675.3 million for Salaries and Expenses and $144 million for Facilities Capital, which includes $24 million to complete the federal commitment for construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Salaries and Expenses

The Salaries and Expenses account includes $10.3 million for increases in fixed costs such as rents, federal pay raise of one percent, federal employee benefits, utilities and workers’ compensation. A priority for funding from the S&E budget is the National Museum of African American History and Culture with $6.5 million allotted for staffing, inaugural exhibitions, programming and collections care.

Among other increases in the S&E allotment was $1 million to expand the Smithsonian’s digitization programs and $2.7 million for several Institution-wide efforts such as Latino programs, collections care and management and research equipment. An additional $700,000 was approved for animal care needs at the National Zoo.

The Smithsonian has a huge physical plant—12.5 million square feet—with museums in Washington and New York City and research facilities around the world. Maintenance and ongoing repairs and renovations are a big part of the budget. In FY 2015, the omnibus budget provides an increase of $6.5 million for facilities maintenance, security and support (includes fire protection, grounds care, custodial work and health services).

Facilities Capital

The Facilities Capital budget totals $120 million for FY 2015 for various revitalization projects as well and planning and design. The construction funds ($24 million) are earmarked for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The rest of the Facilities Capital allotment of $120 million will go toward a number of projects, including $23 million for the National Museum of Natural History, $15.8 million for the National Zoo, $7.5 million for the Renwick Gallery and $6 million for the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art.

A budget summary for the FY 2014 and FY 2015 appropriations follows:



Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriation

Fiscal Year 2015

Salaries and Expenses (S&E)



Facilities Capital


Planning and Design

Construction (NMAAHC)












Total Accounts




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