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Landmarks Capital Grant

Grants to Washington Individuals, Businesses, Organizations, and
Local Agencies to Preserve Historic Landmarks in Eligible Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

09/16/20 5:00 PM PT


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Washington local agencies, businesses, individuals, and organizations to preserve official historic city landmarks in eligible areas. Funding is intended for projects focusing on the restoration and stabilization of historic building fabric, essential building system repairs or replacements, or the restoration of historically significant landscapes. Landmarks must be located in King County.

This year, the Landmarks Capital program is running to support urgent needs, including emergency repairs and projects that can’t wait. It will prioritize projects that prevent further damage or disrepair to historic properties, or address life safety issues. If you have projects that are not time-sensitive, please consider waiting to apply next year.

For this particular grant, 4Culture will look to see how well your project shows the following:

  • Quality: You have a long-term, sustainable plan for the landmark, and your project follows good preservation principles, as outlined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Public Benefit: Your project will benefit the citizens of King County through the property’s visibility, accessibility, public programming, or economic impact; will contribute to the diversity of property types and histories represented in King County’s built environment; or will aid in the long-term preservation and use of the landmark.
  • Feasibility: You’re ready to begin the project within a year, with a qualified team, realistic budget, and credible cost estimates from experienced contractors, and you are able to complete the project on a reimbursement basis.
  • Urgency: Your project will prevent further damage or disrepair to the property or will address critical life safety issues. The project is time-sensitive and cannot wait.
  • Additional priorities: Your project is not eligible for other 4Culture funding programs. We’ll prioritize applications from under-represented geographic areas or historically marginalized communities if the above criteria are met.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125438

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $30,000. Project management costs may be up to 15% of the award amount.

Term of Contract:

The project can be started no earlier than December 2, 2020, and must be completed by September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from individuals, businesses, organizations, and local governments that are either the owner or long-term leaseholder of a historic property in King County.

Your property must be designated as an official landmark at the city or county level, or a historic building within a locally designated historic district. Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Place are eligible only in jurisdictions without a local historic preservation ordinance. Please contact 4Culture staff if you have questions about the eligibility of your property.

This grant is not available to K-12 schools or school districts.

Landmarks Capital funds may not be used for property acquisition, new additions, major equipment purchases, planning and pre-development studies, general operating support, overhead costs, employee benefits, or any regular staff salaries.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops provide an informal opportunity for you to meet staff, learn about the process, and ask questions. No registration or RSVP is required. Take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen your application! You can also schedule a one-on-one appointment with staff to discuss your application or project ideas.

- July 29, 3:00-4:00 PM on Zoom
- August 5, 5:30-6:30 PM on Zoom
- August 14, 2:00-3:00 PM on Zoom
- August 22, 10:00-11:00 AM on Zoom
- August 27, 3:00-4:00 PM on Zoom

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for this grant is September 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM PST. It will be approximately two months from the application deadline to when the funding decisions are announced.

Please notify Dana Phelan of your intent to apply, and arrange for an individual phone appointment if you are a first-time applicant.

Matching funds are not required but can help to demonstrate additional support.

Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Dana Phelan

101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King County

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