The Smithsonian Institution’s federal appropriation will increase $14.5 million to $819.5 million for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, officials said.
Most of the money — more than $675 million — will cover salaries and expenses at the institution, including a federal pay raise of 1 percent and increases in employee benefits and other costs.
The appropriation — a small piece of the omnibus package Congress passed earlier this month — includes $6.5 million for staffing, programming and collections care for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the final $24 million of the federal government’s commitment for its construction. The newest Smithsonian unit, the museum is expected to open in 2016.
The appropriation includes $1 million for the institution’s ongoing digitization program and $2.7 million for Latino programs, collections care and research equipment.
Funds for salaries and expenses grew more than $38 million over last year, when $647 million of the total $805 million appropriation covered these costs.
In addition to the capital funds for the new museum, the appropriation provides $120 million for other facility projects and planning and design: $23 million for the 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.
The Smithsonian Institution is a sprawling operation that includes 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoo and research facilities around the world. It employs more than 6,000 people and attracts some 30 million visitors annually.