Historic County Courthouse Grant – Application

Thank you for your interest in the Historic County Courthouse Grant program for the 2025-2027 Biennium.

Please download and carefully review the Program Summary and Requirements and the Guidelines and Procedures before completing this application. In Section 6 – Project Budget, you will also be asked to complete and upload a Budget Worksheet.

We strongly encourage you to review the entire application and prepare your submission in your own text document and file folder, before finally submitting your answers and attachments in the online form below.

If you need any assistance throughout the application process, please email gr****@pr********.org.

The application deadline is 11:59pm PST on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

In the form below, instead of pressing [enter] to advance, use the [tab] key or point to click.

Section 1 – Property Information

Section 2 – Contact Information

Section 3 – Historic Designation of Courthouse

Check all that apply:(Required)
Note: Historic designation has no bearing on funding decisions. Courthouses receiving grant funds that are not listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Washington Heritage Register, however, will be required to submit a nomination for such listing as a condition of the grant contract. Contact Michael Houser, State Architectural Historian at DAHP – Mi************@da**.gov if you have any questions about the courthouse’s designation status.

Section 4 – Project Summary

Section 5 – Detailed Project Description

Please organize your project into no more than five (5) work elements. For example, a work element might be “Structural Stabilization”, “Roof Repair/Replacement”, “Exterior Rehabilitation”, etc. Enter each element on the line where indicated and in the space below, provide a detailed narrative description of each proposed element.

The narrative should identify the major components/activities of each work element, giving a thorough description of the areas of the courthouse that will be affected for each. Describe in as much detail as possible the proposed method for implementing the project. Please identify any features of the courthouse that will be altered as a result of the project.

The primary goal of the program is to preserve/rehabilitate existing character-defining features of Washington’s historic courthouses. For each Work Element, describe existing historic features/fabric that will be impacted. Provide detail on the existing conditions of character-defining features and explain the effect each proposed Work Element will have on these features. Discuss proposed strategies for retention of character-defining features and note if any specific Work Elements will address and remedy former inappropriate alterations to the courthouse. Finally, please discuss the potential for historic, character-defining to features be permanently lost without immediate attention.

Please note: Only work elements that directly address historic, character-defining features are eligible for state grant funds. Expenditures on work elements that address non-historic features/characteristics are not eligible for reimbursement but may be used toward the county match.

The entire scope of work for any project requesting courthouse grant funds must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.


Please click to DOWNLOAD and complete the fillable PDF form of the budget worksheet. Once you have completed the worksheet and saved your input, please upload it here.

Max. file size: 50 MB.

Section 7 – Project Feasibility

Indicate if the county has the required matching funds in hand, if they have been expended as part of a project already implemented, or if matching funds are planned as part of future county revenues. Does the county currently have the needed authority to secure the required matching funds, or is a public voter measure required to do so?
Describe the process for project implementation. Have needed consultant/architectural/engineering services been secured? If not, describe the process for securing such services as needed. Have any condition assessments/ designs/architectural drawings been developed (if so, be sure to include copies with the county’s application submittal).
TIMELINE: This project can be completed by June 30, 2027?
Note: Priority will be given to projects that can be completed prior to June 30, 2027.
In the small boxes below, please list each Work Element and provide the overall estimated start and completion date for each. In the larger boxes, please itemize the various activities associated with each Work Element, providing an estimated starting and ending date for each activity. Please be as detailed as possible in itemizing the project activities associated with each Work Element. The goal is to articulate as clearly as possible each of the steps/activities required to implement the specific Work Element, and to ensure the overall project timeline is feasible given the priority deadline for project completion of June 30, 2027. An example is provided in the boxes below.

If you are using prior capital expenditures as part of your match, please do incorporate those completed activities into the timeline below, noting the actual start and completion dates.


Grant funds may not be used for general maintenance needs, but rehabilitation projects often affect the overall maintenance needs moving forward. The following questions are intended to provide the grant selection committee with a better understanding of the future use of and maintenance for the courthouse.


Does the county have completed plans and specifications for the proposed project?(Required)

If yes, include a copy of any plans or construction drawings completed as part of the proposed project. If expenditures for work completed after January 1, 2024 or currently underway are being proposed to fulfill the required county match, please also include plans for those projects.

Digital versions of large format drawings should be reduced to easily be viewed as either legal or letter size pdfs. Please avoid attaching pdfs of drawings that are over 25MB in file size. If needed, you may attach more than one set of pdf drawings or utilize a cloud storage link rather than direct upload.

Please provide information regarding the experience and credentials of the project team (architects, contractors, subcontractors, and client project managers) if the team has been selected, in order to ensure compliance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties. A CV, resume, or list of related preservation projects will suffice.

Please use the preferred file naming: “County Courthouse – Descriptive Title” such as “King County Courthouse – Masonry Repair Plan”.

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    Please include 4-8 current images of the courthouse that clearly show all four elevations of the building. Images should be recent to best illustrate the present conditions of the building.

    Also provide images, both exterior and interior, of the areas of the building that will be affected by the proposed scope of work. Please include 5-10 images for each work element. Photos should clearly illustrate the need for grant support and clearly illustrate the surfaces and character-defining features that will be affected by the proposed scope of work.

    Submitted images must be high resolution (at least 300dpi) and labeled. If additional image captions are needed, you may include a text document with image captions/descriptions that correspond to image file names.

    Please use the preferred file naming: “County Courthouse – Descriptive Title” such as “King County Courthouse – Front Facade Photo.

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        Section 12 – Certification and Submission

        I certify to the best of my knowledge that the information and attachments provided in this application is complete and accurate. This section should be signed by the individual serving as the point of contact/project manager for the duration of the project.

        As an authorized representative of the historic county courthouse in this application, I agree to follow all rules of the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation relating to the Washington State Historic County Courthouse Grant Program, if awarded a grant.

        Application Checklist
        A copy of the submitted application will be sent to this email address.