OLYMPIA - Historic preservation organizations in Thurston County have an opportunity to apply for grants from the county. The application period for the 2012 Thurston County Heritage Grant Program runs from July 15 - August 31, 2011. The Thurston County Historic Commission grant sub-committee will review and rank the applications in September. -30-
The Historic Preservation Grant program is funded by revenues that the County collects from the recording of documents. In addition to funding the grant program, the Board of Thurston County Commissioners uses the funds to provide up to $10,000 annually for projects managed by the County Historic Commission and .2 FTE of a staff position to support the Commission.
Last year, 11 complete grant applications were received and ranked by the Commission for 2011 funding. On January 4th of this year, County Commissioners approved funding for 7 of the top-ranked applications for a total of $30,000.
The application form and guidelines have been updated and are available on the Thurston County web site at: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/historic/historic-grants.html. Once all the applications have been received, they will be reviewed by a sub-committee and then the entire Thurston County Historic Commission. Thurston County Commissioners will then award the grants early in 2012.
Those with questions can call Cami Petersen, Administrative Assistant, Resource Stewardship Department, 360-754-3355 ext. 6348.