NEW support for local Historic Preservation activities

Rally to save the UW nuclear-reactor building, Seattle © 2008, photo by 4Culture s
Would you like to save a threatened gathering place in your community? Find out about the history of your neighborhood? Get school kids involved in nearby architecture? Perhaps you own or occupy an old building and need to know what steps to take to fix it up. Maybe you’d like to see your city incorporate more preservation into their planning, or want to bring more tourists to your historic downtown with a mobile app or video.

4Culture has a new funding program that could help get your project off the ground. The application period for Preservation Special Projects is now open, and the deadline for applications is February 27, 2013. Eligible applicants are individuals, organizations or public agencies. Projects need to address the “built environment,” that is, older buildings, structures (such as bridges or roads), large-scale objects (such as vessels, rail cars, or airplanes) neighborhoods, or landscapes shaped by people.

A primary goal of 4Culture is to draw in audiences that are new to preservation. Preservation Special Projects encourages out-of-the-box projects that engage youth, seniors, veterans, minority populations, or immigrant communities – or any other people who don’t necessarily view themselves as preservationists.

Take a look at our program guidelines on our website. If you have a project that might fit, contact 4Culture as soon as possible to indicate your INTENT TO APPLY. We’ll talk with you about your project and tell you about our free workshops starting up in January or February. Workshop attendants will get an overview of the program and tips on how to prepare a strong proposal.

For more information on the new Preservation Special Projects Program at 4Culture, contact Flo Lentz, Preservation Staff Lead, at 206.296.8682 or by email.

Image: Rally to save the UW nuclear-reactor building, Seattle © 2008, photo by 4Culture staff