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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Contact:
Cami Petersen, Historic Commission Staff, 360-754-3355 ext. 6348

Thurston County Historic Commission Seeks Input on Heritage Grants


OLYMPIA –The Thurston County Historic Commission is inviting the recipients of the recent 2010 Heritage Grants to their next regular meeting May 12th, to ask for feedback on the first round of the grant program. Other interested county residents, especially those involved in historic preservation, are also encouraged to attend. Members of the Historic Commission are interested in hearing people’s opinions on the application forms and how they worked, the ranking criteria, access to the forms online, the use of PDF documents for the forms and any other feedback on the process. The idea is to evaluate the procedure and make improvements where applicable for the 2011 grant cycle and beyond

Twelve grants were awarded in the first ever process in March. Funding for the grants comes under an enactment from the 2005 legislature that sets aside $1 from each $5 historic document recording fee collected by the county auditor. The grants averaged around $5,000 and went to local organizations such as Bigelow House, the Sandman Foundation and the Tumwater Historical Association. Funds from the Thurston County Historic Commission Program also go to help pay for their staff. The grant awards will be done annually to help support the wide array of historic preservation programs in the county.

The Thurston County Historic Commission meets at 6:30 the evening of May 12th in Room 152 of Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Olympia, 98502.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3