Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Announces 2017 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2017 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 17, 2016.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to 124 projects totaling over $118,000 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 hiring professional services for rehabilitation projects. In addition to cash grants of up to $2,000, the Washington Trust will award building assessment services to an applicant. Building assessments provide a prioritized schedule of capital needs while outlining preferred treatments that meet historic standards. Information provided in a building assessment is intended to provide a clear path toward rehabilitation. Building assessments will be conducted by Artifacts Consulting, a Tacoma historic preservation consulting firm generously providing these services pro bono in honor of Valerie Sivinski, a former principal.

“Since its inception, the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund has focused on small, localized projects that collectively convey the story of our state,” notes Chris Moore, Executive Director of the Washington Trust. “The range of resources benefitting from the Sivinski Fund reflects Washington’s rich, diverse heritage.”

Recently, funding from the Washington Preserves program has been awarded to assist with activities such as restoration of Centralia’s 1930 Fox Theatre, repairs on the 1894 Redmen Hall in Skamokawa, and restoration of two chimneys and the dining room firebox of the 1880 Kirkman House in Walla Walla. The 1890 Ellensburg Masonic Temple was the first recipient of the newly inaugurated Building Assessment Program that will provide recommendations for proceeding with façade restoration. “In 2016, the Washington Trust was privileged to assist rehabilitation projects representing the day-to-day activities and events of our past,” said Kris Bassett, Chair of the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund. “We look forward to the 2017 cycle and the opportunity to continue supporting locally significant resources that speak to our shared story.”

The next deadline for submitting grant applications is Monday, October 17, 2016. Applications submitted via email must be received by 5pm that day. If a hard copy is being sent via U.S. Mail, application materials must be postmarked no later than October 17, 2016.

All application materials are available on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at www.preservewa.org/Washington-Preserves-Fund.aspx. For additional questions about the application and for information on donating to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, please contact Cathy Wickwire at 206-624-9449 or via email at cwickwire@preservewa.org.

Mission of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, an independent, non-profit organization, is dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. The Trust helps make local preservation work and builds an ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. Founded in 1976, the Washington Trust addresses its mission through the annual Most Endangered Historic Properties List, educational tours of its landmark headquarters, the Stimson-Green Mansion in Seattle, conferences and training workshops, a summer program for high school students, a quarterly members’ newsletter, a small grants fund, and action on legislation and public policy. Visit the Trust website at www.preservewa.org for more information.