Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners

Historic preservation organizations in Thurston County can apply for grants under the Thurston County Heritage Grant Program beginning Monday, July 16. The application period runs from July 16 – August 31, 2018.

The Thurston County Historic Commission grant sub-committee will review and rank the applications in September.

The Historic Preservation Grant program is funded by revenues that the County collects from the recording of documents. By state law, these funds can only be used for programs and projects related to historic preservation.

In addition to funding the grant program, the Board of Thurston County Commissioners has also authorized up to $10,000 annually for projects managed by the County Historic Commission. These funds are typically used for the creation of historic markers in the county and to help support efforts such as the historic barn documentation project.

Last year, 10 complete grant applications were received and ranked by the Commission for 2018 funding. On January 9 of this year, the Board approved funding for 7 applications for a total of $37,000. Past grant supported projects include: transferring founding documents, photographs, repair and preserve the sandstone front porch of the Tenino Quarry house, preservation of vulnerable images in the Schmidt House collections, and other historic projects within Thurston County.

The application form and guidelines have been updated and are available on the Thurston County web site at: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/historic/historic-grants.html.  Once all the applications have been received, they will be reviewed by a sub-committee, and then brought forward to the entire Thurston County Historic Commission for review and recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.

The Board of Commissioners will review the Historic Commission’s recommendations and award the grants early in 2019.

Those with questions can call Cami Petersen, Administrative Assistant, Community Planning & Economic Department, 360-867-2117.

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