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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Cami Petersen, Administrative Assistant, Resource Stewardship, 360- 754-3355 ext. 6348

Local Groups Can Apply for Historic Preservation Grants

OLYMPIA - Historic preservation organizations in Thurston County have an opportunity to apply for grants from the county. The application period for the 2013 Thurston County Heritage Grant Program runs from July 13 - August 31, 2012. The Thurston County Historic Commission grant sub-committee will review and rank the applications in September.

The Historic Preservation Grant program is funded by revenues that the County collects from the recording of documents. By state law, these funds can only be used for programs and projects related to historic preservation. In addition to funding the grant program, the Board of Thurston County Commissioners has also authorized up to $10,000 annually for projects managed by the County Historic Commission. These funds are typically used for the creation of historic markers in the county and to help support efforts such as the historic barn documentation project.

Last year, 13 complete grant applications were received and ranked by the Commission for 2012 funding. On January 10th of this year, County Commissioners approved funding for 7 of the top-ranked applications for a total of $34,250. Past grant supported projects include: Renovations of the Oddfellows Hall in Bucoda and the historic Rainier School, preserving and providing accessibility to Tenino Depot Museum photos, window and shutter restoration of the Bigelow House in Tumwater, digitization of historic early pioneer George H. Himes diaries, and other historic educational programs within Thurston County.

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 2013.

Those who have questions can call Cami Petersen, Administrative Assistant, Resource Stewardship Department, 360-754-3355 ext. 6348.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3