2012 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program

The old U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station in Naselle, WA is now home to the Knappton Cove Heritage Center. The restoration project was a recipient of a Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves grant. Preservation students from Clatsop College in Astoria, OR performed the work. Photo: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

From a press release issued by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation:

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2012 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted.  The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 3rd, 2011.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to nearly 80 projects totaling over $67,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage.  While priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation of historic resources, eligible projects also include preservation planning, producing publications/materials to assist with advocacy efforts, and development of interpretive elements that promote the preservation of a specific resource.  “Now in its fifteenth year, the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund has been a hallmark program of our organization,” stated Jennifer Meisner, Executive Director of the Washington Trust.  “With the generous support of our donors, we continue to increase our capacity to provide funding to a variety of wonderful preservation projects across the state.”

Recently, funding from the Washington Preserves program has been awarded to assist with activities such as restoring historic porches at the Knappton Cove Heritage Center in Naselle, window rehabilitation at the Meeker Mansion in Puyallup, and restoration of Thunderbird Hull #2, a prototype for a plywood racing boat, at the Gig Harbor BoatShop.  “Assisting communities working to preserve their local treasures continues to be a focus of the Washington Trust,” said Kris Bassett, Chair of the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund.  “Utilizing our resources in this manner is a benefit to the state and a source of pride for our organization.”

The next deadline for submitting grant applications is Monday, October 3, 2011.  Applications submitted via email must be received by 5pm that day.  If a hard copy is being sent via U.S. Mail, application materials must be postmarked no later than October 3, 2011.  All application materials are available on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at www.preservewa.org.  For additional questions about the application and for information on donating to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, please contact Chris Moore at 206-624-9449 or via email at cmoore@preservewa.org.

About the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation: The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a statewide, tax exempt 501(c)3 non profit organization founded in 1976 to safeguard Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship.

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