Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announces 2014 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant program

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2014 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to 99 projects totaling nearly $90,000 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 expertise for the production of as-built drawings, a Historic Structures Report (HSR), or a feasibility study for the adaptive use of a historic resource. “The Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund continues to help grassroots efforts succeed in saving historic places that matter,” stated Jennifer Meisner, Executive Director of the Washington Trust. “Funding through this program reaches all corners of the state, positively impacting a unique and diverse array of resources.”

Recently, funding from the Washington Preserves program has been awarded to assist with activities such as repairing the banister on the main stairway at the 1857 Nathaniel Orr Home in Steilacoom, replacing the de-watering system on the 1889 Tugboat Arthur Foss in Seattle, and rehabilitating the interior of the 1884 Sterling-Moorman House in Cheney. “The Washington Trust has always focused on providing resources and assistance to communities intent on saving their past,” said Kris Bassett, Chair of the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund. “By providing assistance for bricks and mortar rehabilitation, the grant program helps to retain a building’s historic fabric which in turn saves an element of our state’s history.”

The next deadline for submitting grant applications is Wednesday, October 16, 2013. 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 16, 2013. All application materials are available on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at 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


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 quarterly members’ newsletter, a small grants fund, and action on legislation and public policy. Visit the Trust website at for more information.

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