Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, Deadline to Apply: October 15

The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, Whatcom County Chapter #5, Bellingham, received $1,000 to assist with replacing wood shakes on the kitchen roof of the 1856 Pickett House. Source: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

2013 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting grant applications for the 2013 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund.  The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 15, 2012.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to 90 projects totaling over $77,000 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.  “The Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund continues to help grassroots efforts succeed in saving historic places that matter,” stated Jennifer Meisner, Executive Director of the Washington Trust.  “Funding through this program reaches all corners of the state, positively impacting a unique and diverse array of resources.”

Recently, funding from the Washington Preserves program has been awarded to assist with activities such as restoring a homesteader cabin on San Juan Island, window restoration for the one-room Smith Hollow School in Dayton, rehabilitation of the bell tower at the former Skamokawa Central School, and architectural drawings to assist with rehabilitation of the former Hartline High School in Hartline. “The Washington Trust has always focused on providing resources and assistance to communities intent on saving their past,” said Kris Bassett, Chair of the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund.  “By providing assistance for bricks and mortar rehabilitation, the grant program helps to retain a building’s historic fabric which in turn saves an element of our state’s history.”

The next deadline for submitting grant applications is Monday, October 15, 2012.  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 15, 2012.  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.

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