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Grants to Washington Individuals, Nonprofits, Groups, and Agencies in Eligible Regions for Historic Preservation Projects

Preservation Special Projects

GrantWatch ID# 184030
Agency: Local

Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: King County

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/23/23 5:00 PM PDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington individuals, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and public agencies in eligible regions for projects to preserve historic spaces. Funding may be used for events, programs, and digital and printed resources focused on historic preservation. Eligible activities must take place in King County.

This grant funds research, documentation, planning, education, and advocacy to promote the preservation of our historic places in King County, Washington. Funds may be used to create printed or digital resources such as research reports, building or landscape assessments, landmark nominations, books, guides, brochures, recordings, or educational exhibits focused on the historic built environment. Funding may also be used to produce special events and programs that highlight our region’s historic places and encourage their preservation, such as advocacy initiatives, conferences, workshops, technical assistance programs, apprenticeship or training opportunities, guided tours, field schools and skill demonstrations.

Here are some ways Preservation Special Projects may benefit the public:

  • Free or low-cost tours, presentations, or access to materials and documents created with the grant including research, publications, audio, or video recordings.
  • Public meetings or programs in multiple places around King County, including a mix of urban, suburban and/or rural.
  • Good preservation planning for the long-term viability and use of a historic property in King County.

Project Eligibility Requirements:

  • Your project must contribute to the preservation of King County’s historic buildings, sites, neighborhoods, and/or landscapes.
  • You can request funding to develop documentation, identification, research, analysis, educational programming and advocacy efforts focused on historic preservation issues and/or the history of the built environment.
  • Your project must provide a public benefit for King County residents and visitors.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants:
- You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of King County.
- If you receive funding, you’ll need to provide your Social Security number in order to receive payment. Organizations, community groups, and public agencies must operate within King County, and will need to provide a Tax ID or EIN in order to receive payment.
- You must contact Program Manager Dana Phelan prior to applying if you or your organization has an open contract with 4Culture.

- Current employees, family members or business partners of an employee of 4Culture may not apply.
- 4Culture does not fund schools or school districts. Eligible applicants proposing the creation or enrichment of existing cultural programs in K-12 schools must partner with a King County public school or district.
- This grant may not be used for stabilization, restoration, rehabilitation, or maintenance of historic building fabric or landscapes, property acquisition, or new construction.
- This grant may not be used to support services and programs to be provided by the King County landmarks commission for land use regulation and archaeological resource management purposes as described in K.C.C. chapter 20.62. (Ord. 18684 § 16, 2018: Ord. 17461 § 3, 2012: Ord. 14917 § 1, 2004: Ord. 14482 § 43, 2002: Ord. 14440 § 3, 2002. Formerly K.C.C. 4.42.025).

Pre-Proposal Conference
Workshops can make a real difference in the success of your application. They’re an opportunity for you to get your questions answered by a 4Culture grant manager and learn from other applicants.

All workshops will be held remotely. Please register via the links provided to receive Zoom meeting information.

Workshops will take place on
Feb. 7, 10-11 am

Feb. 15, 5-6 pm

Mar. 6, 12-1 pm

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for this grant is March 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm PDT.

All applicants will receive an email from Program Director, Dana Phelan, notifying them of the funding decisions by June 1, 2023.

The entire process, from application deadline to final award notification, takes approximately two months.

If your project involves multiple disciplines—preservation, heritage, and/or the arts—it may be eligible for consideration under more than one 4Culture projects funding program. You may request funding for different elements of your project through the separate funding programs, but must disclose in your application what other 4Culture funding you have requested, or will request. Contact Dana Phelan to discuss your project’s eligibility before applying.

You may only submit one project proposal to Preservation Special Projects per year.

Staff is happy to review draft applications and provide feedback with adequate notice. For full draft reviews, save your work in the online application and contact Dana Phelan no later than Monday, March 13. After that date, staff cannot review full drafts, but will still be available to assist with specific questions and/or troubleshooting.

You must be able to complete your project on a reimbursement basis.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Projects funded through this program, or portions thereof, may not begin prior to the award date of June 1, 2023, and must be completed by June 1, 2025.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you anticipate a barrier to your participation due to limited English writing ability, visual impairment, or would like to request assistance to access this application, please contact us at or 206-296-7580 or TTY 711.

Dana Phelan

For general inquires and technical support:
Emily P. Lawsin

101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104

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