14 Pierce County groups could share $100K for historic preservation projects

Fourteen historic preservation organizations in Pierce County are poised to share just over $100,000 in grant funding to help pay for a variety of local heritage projects and programs.

The funding is part of the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission’s preservation grant program, which encourages countywide non-profit organizations, public agencies, and owners of properties listed on local historic registers to apply for grants to help pay for historic preservation or history-related projects. Funds are provided by Washington State legislation enacted in 2005 that directs one dollar of a five-dollar filing fee toward historic preservation and historical programming.

Maximum grant amounts fall into two categories: $15,000 for stabilization, restoration, or rehabilitation of local register-listed buildings or structures; and $7,500 for photographic/document preservation, historic markers, history research, and public events/programming. In the past, grants have been used to pay for surveys of historic properties and historic documents in Pierce County, the preservation of historic newspaper clippings, and restoration of a homestead cabin dating back to 1885.

This year’s application deadline expired in July. Pierce County’s Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission received 20 grant applications, and evaluated those applications during public meetings in July and August, according to documents prepared by Pierce County staff. The commission recommended 14 applications share $100,405 in grant funding, while six applications were not recommended for funding.

Here is the breakdown:

Building Applications Recommended for Funding ($57,640)

  • Northpoint Cooperative Preschool – Dash Point School Preservation Project / $15,000
  • Longbranch Improvement Club – Preservation Phase 1 / $12,640
  • Pioneer Farm Museum – Schoolhouse Roof Repairs / $7,500
  • Fox Island Chapel – Steeple Restoration Project / $15,000
  • Morse Wildlife Preserve Barn – West Shed Roof Repair / $7,500

Building Applications NOT Recommended for Funding ($15,000)

  • Tacoma School District – Historic McCarver School Modernization / $15,000

Non-Building Applications Recommended for Funding ($42,765)

Non-Building Applications NOT Recommended for Funding ($29,150)

  • Tacoma Historical Society – Collection Care / $3,150
  • Pierce County Superior Court – Superior Court History Project / $7,500
  • Key Peninsula Historical Society and Museum – Preserving Key Peninsula History / $7,500
  • Buffalo Soldiers Museum – Labor Day Event / $7,000
  • Shanaman Sports Museum – Sports Program Flipbook / $4,000

Pierce County Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on a resolution to award the grants during a public meeting at 3 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 24, at the County-City Building, located at 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, in Tacoma. More information is available online here and here and here.

To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission’s preservation grant program, click on the following links: