Students participate in Seattle Architectural Foundation's City Stories program. SAF received Preservation Sustained Support funding in the 2015-16 cycle. © 2015, photo by Caroline Nye Stevens, courtesy of Seattle Architectural Foundation

Students participate in Seattle Architectural Foundation’s City Stories program. SAF received Preservation Sustained Support funding for the 2015-16 cycle. © 2015, photo by Caroline Nye Stevens, courtesy of Seattle Architectural Foundation.

Where would King County be without our amazing cultural organizations? Large and small, urban and rural, they bring our region’s history to life, connect us with amazing art, safeguard the buildings and locations that define us, and so much more. Through our Sustained Support grant, we assist with the day-to-day needs of these organizations over two-year cycles. It’s available for nonprofit organizations, artistic agencies, and cities supporting cultural activities—see more information on that below—and is open now!

Read the full guidelines carefully, and apply by October 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

This year, we want to make sure the public knows that Preservation Sustained Support not only provides grants to nonprofit organizations, but also to cities that are contributing to historic preservation. With Sustained Support grants cities can receive operating funds for everyday costs such as salaries, consultant fees, marketing materials, and supplies for two consecutive years. This program is open to all cities in King County with:

  • A historic preservation program established by city ordinance, or historic preservation services contracted through interlocal agreement to the King County Historic Preservation Program (KCHPP).
  • City staff dedicated part or full time to historic preservation tasks, including but not limited to overseeing historic surveys, landmark designations, design review, and public education.

If you live in Auburn, Newcastle, Issaquah or any of the other 17 cities that are eligible to apply, and wish your city could do more in the way of preservation, contact your city manager or local elected officials and let them know about this opportunity! If you have questions about application requirements or eligibility, know that staff is here to help.

Workshops
Bring your questions to these informal, drop-in grant workshops. Program managers will be available to talk about the grant and your application. No need to RSVP!

4Culture Offices
Arts: Mondays, September 12 and 26, October 3, 10, and 17, 12:00-1:00 pm
Heritage: Wednesdays, September 21 and October 12, 3:00-4:00 pm  October 12, 12:00-1:00 pm
Preservation: Tuesdays, September 20 and October 4, 12:00-1:00 pm

Around King County
Wednesday, September 7, 12:00-1:00 pm, Woodinville Library
Wednesday, September 14, 12:00-1:00 pm, Federal Way Community Center
Wednesday, September 28, 12:00-1:00 pm, Issaquah Depot Museum