Historic Cemetery Grant Program

Historic Cemetery Grant Program

Historic Cemetery Grant Program

Preserving Historic Cemeteries

The Historic Cemetery Grant Program is generously supported by funding from the Washington State Legislature. The grant program is housed within the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP), and managed under contract by the Washington Trust.

Established in 2016 with the enactment of House Bill 2637, the Historic Cemetery Preservation Capital Grant Program is intended to benefit the public by preserving outstanding examples of the state’s historical heritage, enabling historic cemeteries to continue to serve their communities, and honoring the military veterans buried within them. Any cemetery within the state of Washington that contains 5 or more burials, with at least one burial more than 50 years old, is eligible for this grant program.

DAHP has requested $515,000 in funding in the 2023-2025 state budget to continue the Historic Cemetery Grant Program. Contact Governor Inslee and encourage him to include funding to support preservation of our historic cemeteries!

2021-2023 Historic Cemetery Grants

The application period has closed. Please stay tuned for the announcements of grantees in December!


Assistance from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is available by phone, by email, through workshops or travel and occasionally site visits. Please contact call us at (206) 462-2999 or via email with questions.

Past Cemetery Grant Recipient Links

Quarterly Progress Report

Annual Monitoring Report

Reimbursement Request / Completion Report

Want to join our Historic Cemetery email list? Follow the link below to sign up:
Cemetery Program Email Signup