Grants available for heritage projects, deadline soon

Pictured: The historic Hamilton-Worthington mansion was built in 1892 by prominent local businessman Millard Fillmore Hamilton. Hamilton lost his fortune in the great recession of the 1890’s and sold the mansion to another Quilcene pioneer, William Jenner Worthington, in 1907. The house is now owned by the Quilcene Historical Society and is on the National Register of Historic Places as the only building of its age and style in rural Jefferson County. View the National Register listing for more information about the house at www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/14000849.htm. A grant through Heritage Capital Projects funded a major restoration of all rooms including plumbing, electrical, and finishings, as well as rebuilding the missing mansard-style third floor and roof. Image courtesy Washington State Historical Society.(Photo: Washington State Historical Society)

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If you have a historic renovation, heritage or preservation project in mind, Washington State Historical Society may be able to help you find funds.

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Washington State Historical Society

Most of us love a great “before and after” improvement, and the Washington State Historical Society may be able to help bring those dreams to life. If you are looking for money for heritage in the areas of new construction, improvements to existing structures or landscapes, acquisition of property, or preservation of historic buildings, this is for you. Heritage Capital Projects (HCP), a program of the Historical Society, administers capital grants for facilities and landscapes that support the interpretation and preservation of history around the state. HCP is soliciting applications for its current grant cycle; grant applications are accepted every two years, on a biennial basis.

Nonprofits, local governments, tribal governments, and public development authorities are eligible to apply.

Organizations with projects in the pipeline are encouraged to submit an application for consideration for funding in the 2021-2023 biennium. New this year, applications will be submitted online through the Washington Heritage Portal. Also new, the applications will be submitted in two stages. The first stage determines project eligibility, and must be submitted by 5:00 PM, Thursday, April 23, 2020. The second stage provides more specific detail about project plans, budget, and funding sources and is due by 5:00 PM, Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Interested groups can download guidelines and access the application forms via the Historical Society’s website at www.WashingtonHistory.org/hcp.

Interested organizations can attend one of HCP’s upcoming free workshops. Workshop attendees will learn about the application process, grant funding guidelines, evaluation criteria, and changes to the HCP program for this funding cycle, including funding match criteria, request amounts, and allowable volunteer hourly rates.

“The workshops are very helpful and loaded with information about applying and using the new Washington Heritage Portal,” said Lissa Kramer, HCP program manager. “If you have a project that is shovel ready, attend a workshop so you can submit the best application possible. And if you are considering a capital project in the future, come to a workshop now and learn how a Heritage Capital Projects grant can help you achieve your organization’s goals.”

Free workshop dates, locations, and times:

Tuesday, March 3
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
The McGregor Company Building
401 Airport Road
Colfax, WA

Wednesday, March 11

1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Wanapum Heritage Center
29083 WA-243
Mattawa, WA

Thursday, March 12

10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Okanogan County PUD Auditorium
1331 2nd Ave N
Okanogan, WA

Tuesday, March 16

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Cowlitz County Historical Museum
405 Allen Street
Kelso, WA

Thursday, March 19
10:00 AM-Noon
Skagit City School
17508 Moore Rd
Mount Vernon, WA

Wednesday, March 18

1:30-3:30 PM
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA

For more information, see the Washington State Historical Society’s website at WashingtonHistory.org/HCP or contact us by email at heritage.capitalprojects@wshs.wa.gov. 

About The Washington State Historical Society

The Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities to explore how history connects us all. The Society’s most visible activity, the Washington State History Museum (WSHM) is located in downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue among a thriving cultural scene. The museum features interactive permanent exhibitions about Washington’s past in the Great Hall, unique rotating exhibitions highlighting the Society’s collections, and dynamic feature exhibitions.

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Hours: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM Tues.-Sun. Third Thursday of each month, 10:00 AM–8:00 PM.

Admission: Free for members; Adults $14; seniors (age 65+), students (age 6-17) and military (with ID) $11; free for children 5 and under; family rate $40 (up to two adults and four children under age 18). Patrons with a Washington Quest card and licensed Washington Foster Parents can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family.

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