Washington Trust accepting historic preservation grant applications

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2012 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is Mon., Oct. 3.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to nearly 80 projects totaling over $67,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. While priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation of historic resources, eligible projects also include preservation planning, producing publications/materials to assist with advocacy efforts, and development of interpretive elements that promote the preservation of a specific resource.

Recently, funding from the Washington Preserves program has been awarded to assist with activities such as restoring historic porches at the Knappton Cove Heritage Center in Naselle, window rehabilitation at the Meeker Mansion in Puyallup, and restoration of Thunderbird Hull #2, a prototype for a plywood racing boat, at the Gig Harbor BoatShop.

“Now in its fifteenth year, the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund has been a hallmark program of our organization,” said Jennifer Meisner, Executive Director of the Washington Trust.  ”With the generous support of our donors, we continue to increase our capacity to provide funding to a variety of wonderful preservation projects across the state.”

“Assisting communities working to preserve their local treasures continues to be a focus of the Washington Trust,” said Kris Bassett, Chair of the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund.  ”Utilizing our resources in this manner is a benefit to the state and a source of pride for our organization.”

Applications submitted via e-mail must be received by 5 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 3, 2011. If a hard copy is being sent via U.S. Mail, application materials must be postmarked no later than Oct. 3, 2011. All application materials are available on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Web site at http://www.preservewa.org . For additional questions about the application and for information on donating to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, contact Chris Moore at (206) 624-9449 or via e-mail at cmoore@preservewa.org .

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For related Tacoma Daily Index coverage, click on the following links:

Historic preservation group calls Tacoma’s Old City Hall ‘endangered’ (05/24/11) — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1979640&more=0

Washington Trust seeks nominees for 2011 endangered historic properties (02/14/11) — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1925011&more=0

Washington Trust names historic preservation award recipients (01/20/11) — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1911718&more=0

Puyallup’s Meeker Mansion awarded $2K historic preservation grant (01/12/11) — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1906638&more=0

Coke Oven Park listed as endangered historic site (06/03/10) — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1781830&more=0

Curran House, Oberlin Church awarded historic preservation grants (04/27/10) — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1759705&more=0

Washington Trust seeks nominations for 2010 Endangered Historic Properties List (02/10/10) — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1713365&more=0

The Washington Trust: In an old hilltop mansion, a strong voice for preservation (04/14/09) — http://www.wahmee.com/tdi_wa_trust.pdf

Long List of Concerns for Washington State Preservationists: An interview with Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Jennifer Meisner (05/29/08) — http://www.wahmee.com/tdi_jennifer_meisner_qa.pdf