Grants available for Pierce County historic preservation projects

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is accepting applications for this year’s historic preservation grant program.

Applications can be made for historic preservation or history-related project proposals. For stabilization, restoration or rehabilitation of Certified Local Government register-listed buildings or structures, the maximum request is $10,000. For photographic/document preservation, historic markers, history research, and public events/programming the maximum request is $5,000. Matching resources must be provided by the applicants.

Funding for the grant program is provided by state legislation enacted in 2005 that directs one dollar of a five-dollar filing fee toward historic preservation and historical programming.

Last year, 11 groups in Tacoma and Pierce County were awarded $54,000 to pay for a variety of historic preservation projects and programming. Grants have also 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.

Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on April 15, 2013. Award recipients will be notified by July 1, 2013. Project activities must be completed by Oct. 1, 2014. Non-profit organizations, public agencies, and owners of property listed on local historic registers are eligible to apply. The grant guidelines and application form are available online here.

For further information, contact Sean Gaffney at or Chad Williams at

Funds from Pierce County's historic preservation grant program in 2009 paid for Katie Chase and Susan Johnson, architectural historians at Artifacts Consulting in Tacoma, to complete a survey of historic properties and sites in Pierce County. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)