5 Pierce County heritage projects could receive $2.8M in Wash. capital improvement grants

Five Pierce County heritage organizations could share nearly $2.8 million in capital improvement funds from the Washington State Historical Society.

Five Pierce County heritage organizations could share nearly $2.8 million in capital improvement funds from the Washington State Historical Society.

The grants are part of the Washington State Heritage Capital Projects Fund, which aims to support capital needs and facilities of heritage organizations, tribal governments, public development authorities, and local government agencies that interpret and preserve Washington’s history and heritage. The Washington State Heritage Capital Projects Fund Advisory Panel met last month to evaluate and score more than three-dozen grant applications. The panel recommended funding for 31 organizations and their projects. The five local organizations and projects that have been recommended for funding include:

APPLICANT: Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
PROJECT NAME: Pantages Centennial / Facade Restoration
FUNDS REQUESTED: $685,000
ADVISORS RECOMMENDED AMOUNT: $685,000

APPLICANT: Foss Waterway Seaport
PROJECT NAME: Renovation of and Heating of Interior Space of Balfour Dock Building / Phase IIIB
FUNDS REQUESTED: $1 million
ADVISORS RECOMMENDED AMOUNT: $1 million

APPLICANT: City of Tacoma
PROJECT NAME: Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretation Project
FUNDS REQUESTED: $400,000
ADVISORS RECOMMENDED AMOUNT: $400,000

APPLICANT: City of Gig Harbor
PROJECT NAME: Ancich Netshed Restoration
FUNDS REQUESTED: $661,652.00
ADVISORS RECOMMENDED AMOUNT: $661,652.00

APPLICANT: Harbor History Museum
PROJECT NAME: F/V Shenandoah
FUNDS REQUESTED: $40,755.00
ADVISORS RECOMMENDED AMOUNT: $40,755.00

The panel also recommended an alternate Pierce County organization and project for grant funding:

APPLICANT: Gig Harbor Boatshop
PROJECT NAME: Eddon Boatyard House Restoration
FUNDS REQUESTED: $73,547.00
ADVISORS RECOMMENDED AMOUNT: N/A — ALTERNATE #1

The recommendations have been forwarded to Washington State Historical Society Executive Director Jennifer Kilmer for review and possible inclusion in the budget request to be submitted to the Washington State Legislature. Funding approval requires legislative action and the Governor’s signature. Should funds be allocated by the Legislature, they would be made available in fall 2015.

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