Raise your voice in support of Washington's historic places
Washington’s historic places are crucial to our civic, social, and economic systems. State funding has provided support to our communities through historic preservation – funding needed now more than ever to help recover from the economic crisis wrought by COVID-19.
The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) has requested funding in the 2021-23 state budget to continue three key capital grant programs and create two new ones – all geared to supporting COVID recovery efforts. The Heritage Barn Initiative, Historic County Courthouse Grant Program, and Historic Cemetery Grant Program have supported the preservation of 122 barns, 26 courthouses (through 66 individual grants), and 42 cemeteries, respectively. These grants have created hundreds of local jobs and spurred millions in private investment. The two newly proposed grant programs would continue this success, supporting rehabilitation of historic buildings and small business space in Main Street communities and provide funding for historic theaters – entities hit specifically hard by the COVID crisis.
The Washington Trust is in strong support of DAHP’s budget proposal to help save our state’s historic places. Additionally, we believe Main Street and historic theaters are particularly critical to economic recovery and so we are advocating for the Main Street and Historic Theater Capital Grant Programs to be funded at a higher level than DAHP’s proposal. The Washington Trust supports the following requests for capital grant programs as part of the 2021-2023 state budget:
- $1.5 million to continue the Heritage Barn Grant Program
- $2.932 million to fund four county courthouse rehabilitation projects through the Historic Courthouse Grant Program
- $515,000 to continue the Historic Cemetery Grant Program
- $1 million to create a new Historic Theater Grant Program
- $5 million to create a new Main Street Capital Grant Program
To really make these proposals heard, we need your help. Contact your representatives to remind them of the power of preservation and encourage them to include these grant programs the next budget.
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