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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Tribes for Historic Preservation Projects

Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) Grant

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Washington State Historical Society (WSHS)

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06/09/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, tribal governments, and public development ports and authorities for preservation projects that promote public access to historic resources. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support capital projects involving history interpretation and preservation.

Eligible costs for either reimbursement or matching funds include:

  • Construction of new facilities or improvements to existing facilities
  • Purchase, restoration and/or preservation of such fixed assets as historic buildings and structures, historic ships, locomotives, airplanes and other transportation conveyances (transportation conveyances must be fixed, or used and controlled by a land-based applicant in WA State)
  • Acquisition of unimproved property for the purpose of construction of a new heritage facility
  • Acquisition, protection, stabilization, and/or development of historic or archaeological sites that are culturally significant
  • Interior improvement of facilities used for hosting exhibits, programs, and preservation activities
  • Construction-related design, architectural, and engineering expenses
  • Purchase of equipment when necessary to accomplish the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141243

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests must be between $10,000 and $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

- July 1, 2023: Contracting begins
- June 30, 2025: Grant projects completed

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by:
- Local governments
- Tribal governments and related organizations
- Nonprofits with a 501(c)3 designation that are incorporated in Washington State
- Public development authorities and ports

Ineligible costs for reimbursement or matching funds include:
- General facility maintenance, routine repairs, consumable supplies, operating expenses, salaries, or programs
- Equipment not directly related to the project
- Leasing of equipment of automotive vehicles
- Indirect cost reimbursement for administrative functions
- Fundraising expenses
- Projects completed prior to the start of the biennium for which funding is made
- Retirement of operational debts nor for construction, facility improvement, or purchase loans that are incurred prior to award date of grant or date of legislative approval

Pre-proposal Conference:

HCP staff will be conducting a variety of virtual workshops with information about the 2023-2025 grant cycle and hosting periodic virtual “office hours.”

See the full schedule here:

Pre-Application Information:

- February 1, 2022: Applications available online
- April 14, 2022: Last day to submit Eligibility Review (Stage 1)
- June 9, 2022: Last day to submit Full Proposal (Stage 2)
- Week of August 15, 2022: Public ranking meeting
- September 2022: Ranked list submitted to state capital budget
- January-June, 2023: Legislature determines state capital budget
- July 1, 2023: Contracting begins
- June 30, 2025: Grant projects completed

RCW 27.34.330 states that grant requests must be no more than 33.33% of a proposed project’s total cost. The remaining 66.67% of the project’s cost must be provided by the applicant. This is referred to as either “match” or “cost share” interchangeably.

All Heritage Capital Project applications must be submitted through the online Heritage Portal. Multiple users can be linked to one organization/application, so each team member should register as a separate user under their own login and email. Remember, it may take up to 24 hours (or until the next business day) to process a user registration.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

If you need assistance, please email or call Jay Mortensen at the HCP office at 253-244-1683.

Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

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