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Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits and
Agencies for Historic Preservation Projects

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Washington State Historical Society (WSHS)

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06/25/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, local and 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 applying. 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.

For additional information about eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141243

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $10,000 and the maximum grant request is $1 million.

Term of Contract:

The next application cycle will be for funding during the 2021-2023 biennium.

No work completed before being under contract can be reimbursed. All contracts expire June 30, 2023; no work after this date will be reimbursed.

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

Organizations applying for either a Building for the Arts grant or Building for Community grant from the Department of Commerce during the 2021-2023 biennium may not concurrently apply for a Heritage Capital Projects grant.

Organizations seeking a direct appropriation or other state funding during the 2021-2023 biennium may not concurrently apply for a Heritage Capital Projects grant for the same project or a closely related project.

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

For additional information about unallowable costs, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

In response to guidelines from healthcare authorities related to coronavirus (COVID-19), all scheduled meetings will be online meetings.

Directions to participate in online info sessions will be sent to all registered participants.

Register for a Heritage Capital Projects info session by selecting a date and time below:
Upcoming sessions:
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Wednesday, March 18, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Thursday, March 19, 2020

Pre-Application Information:

The first stage of the application process for determining eligibility must be submitted by April 23, 2020, 5:00 PM. Full applications must be submitted by June 25, 2020, 5:00 PM.

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. For additional information about matching funds, see:

Grant Timeline:
- February 3, 2020: Applications available online
- April 23, 2020: Last day to submit Stage 1 for Threshold review
- June 25, 2020: Last day to submit Stage 2 for Advisory Panel Review
- August 2020: Public ranking (time and location TBA)
- September 2020: Ranked list submitted to state capital budget
- January-June, 2021: Legislature determines state capital budget
- July 1, 2021: Contracting begins
- June 30, 2023: Project completed

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:

Lissa Kramer, Heritage Capital Projects Manager

Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

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