Preservation Special Projects
Deadline: March 8, 2017 5pm PST  
Brandi Link 206 263.1593
50th Anniversary flyer, September 30th, 2014 lecture courtesy of Friends of the Market

Circa 1905 Mosaic, 20th Ave NW at NW 59th St, Ballard neighborhood, Seattle, WA. Photo by Benson Shaw, 2015.
2015 Preservation Special Projects Recipient

The Preservation Special Projects program offers funding for neighborhood survey/inventory, landmark registration, project planning, research, advocacy efforts and more. We encourage projects that highlight historic places in innovative ways, utilize new technology, and engage new audiences.

In 2015, 12 out of 19 proposals received a total of $85,000 in awards ranging from $1,200 to $15,100. A portion of Lodging Tax revenues collected in King County provides all of the funding for this program.

Updated Guidelines and Application for 2017 will be posted 6 weeks before the deadline

Who Can Apply

Individuals, organizations, and public agencies  

Eligible Applicants Must:

  • Be a resident of King County at the time of application, through completion of the proposed project,
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older at the time of application (funding received through this program is reported as taxable income), OR
  • Be an organization, community group or public agency, other than K-12 schools or school districts, of King County.

Eligible Projects Must:

  • Contribute to the identification, evaluation, or protection of the built environment,
  • Directly address historic buildings or structures, older neighborhoods or landscapes shaped by man, AND
  • Provide public benefit to King County residents.

What Gets Funded

Place-based projects involving documentation, planning, advocacy, outreach, or education  

Eligible Activities Include:

  • Local landmark or National Register nominations
  • Survey/inventory work - including context statements
  • Pre-development studies - including structural investigations, conditions assessments, or historic structures reports
  • Community preservation plans, cultural resource management plans
  • Design guidelines
  • Workshops, lectures, field schools, or public education programs with historic preservation content
  • Advocacy efforts around preservation issues

Eligible Costs Include:

  • Fees for preservation consultants, architects, attorneys or other professional services, and compensation for trainees
  • Materials and consumable supplies used for program purposes
  • Direct project costs, which may include transportation and documentation

This Program Does Not Fund:

  • Construction or fabrication projects, rehabilitation or repair work on historic properties (4Culture has a separate funding program for these)
  • Major equipment purchases (4Culture has a separate funding program for these)
  • General operating support, indirect or overhead costs, employee benefits or any regular staff salaries (4Culture has a separate funding program for these)
  • Portions of the project completed before the award of funds, May 1, 2016
  • Fundraising efforts
  • Direct marketing or advertising costs
  • Applications from religious institutions
  • Applications from K-12 schools (NOTE: K-12 schools may not apply directly, but an eligible applicant may partner with one to develop a project proposal.)

When to Apply

2017 Application Deadline: March 8, 2017 5pm PST

Projects, or portions thereof funded through this program, may begin no earlier than the award date, May 1st, 2016. Funded projects must be completed within 18 months of the award date.

How Awards are Made

Review criteria and competitive selection process 

Applications to the Preservation Special Projects Program are first reviewed by staff for required content. An independent peer review panel of preservation specialists then meets to evaluate applications. The panel will select and recommend the most compelling projects to the 4Culture Board for funding, based on the following criteria:

Review Criteria

Quality & Qualifications
  • Quality of the proposed project, alignment with best practices in preservation, and innovation within the field
  • Experience and qualifications of the applicant and project team
  • Clarity and completeness of the application
Impact & Public Benefit
  • Benefit to residents of King County
  • Potential to expand understanding and awareness of historic places
  • A plan to pro-actively engage audiences new to preservation
  • Sustained impact of the project after its completion
  • Readiness of the applicant to undertake the proposed work this year, and complete it within 18 months after the award date
  • Demonstrated track record of the project team in successfully completing projects on time and on budget
  • Financial viability, including appropriateness of overall budget and request and a credible consultant estimate if applicable
  • Ability of the applicant to undertake the project on a reimbursement basis
Additional Preservation Program Priorities
  • Project contributes to a geographical diversity within the applicant pool
  • Project engages an under-served community - such as youth, seniors, veterans, low-income, disabled, or minority populations

Questions about your proposal or its eligibility? Contact Brandi Link at 206 263.1593.


Funding from 4Culture programs is awarded on a competitive basis. Opportunities are available to help applicants prepare good applications:

  • Attend a workshop
  • Schedule an appointment with staff to discuss your application, and/or review applications from previous years at 4Culture offices.
  • Preview application narrative questions prior to applying.

Requirements and appeals

Learn about the legal requirements of award recipients, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture award.

Ready to Apply

How to submit your ONLINE application 

STEP 1 - Read all of the above sections

STEP 2 - Gather and prepare your information

You are required to submit your application using 4Culture’s online system. In this section, you will find information on additional required and optional support materials. At the end of this section, a link is provided to the online application.

Support Materials

Project Budget (Required)

You may use 4Culture’s budget form provided here, or create your own budget document that delineates Expenses and Income in the same categories as 4Culture's form. You must limit to two pages, and only Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF formats will be accepted. Once you’ve completed the budget, you will upload it to the online application before submitting. Check your budgets after you upload them! Applications submitted with blank budgets will be deemed ineligible.

Consultant Estimate (Required if applicable)

Submit one or more written estimates in the upload step, if your project will involve hiring a consultant preservationist, architect, historian or other professional.

Images (Optional)

You may submit up to 3 digital images in the upload step of the online application. Accepted file types are .jpg and .gif. Do not upload .pdf or .tiff images.
Note: The online application system will not allow uploads of individual files larger than 2 megabytes.

Miscellaneous (Optional)

In addition to your application, you may provide letters of support, drawings or maps, copies of media coverage, previous research, studies or reports to help illustrate your proposal. Optional support materials may be uploaded within the online application. We will not accept any printed materials, and you many not upload more than there is space available.

Application materials will not be accepted by email or after the deadline.

STEP 3 - Sign in to fill out your application

Once you have started the process of applying online, you can save your work, sign out, and return at any time before the deadline to make changes. Once you submit, you will no longer be able to edit your application, but will still be able to view, save and print it.

This funding opportunity is currently closed. We will reopen the application for this opportunity at least 6 weeks before the next deadline.

Scheduled Workshops

All applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop prior to submitting your application. These free workshops provide you an opportunity to ask questions, understand specific guidelines, and be taken through a step-by-step review of the application process.


There are no scheduled workshops at this time. Check back 6 weeks before the deadline for schedule of workshops.




How large are Preservation Special Project awards?

Awards are anticipated to range between $3,000 and $10,000.

Is there a match required?

No, but a match is encouraged. Projects that can demonstrate some level of cash or in-kind contribution will be ranked higher under the criterion of Feasibility

If I'm awarded funding, will I get the money up front?

No, 4Culture awards are made only on a reimbursement basis. During contracting, reimbursement may be set up for two or more increments.

What are my obligations if I receive an award?

All recipients of Preservation Special Projects funding must meet defined public benefit requirements, which will be negotiated in the contracting phase.

Will 4Culture staff help me with my application?

Yes. Call or email us to indicate Intent to Apply. You are encouraged to attend a free workshop in January or February. We are happy to answer questions and give pointers!

Who do I work with?

Program Manager Brandi Link is your primary contact for the Preservation Special Projects Program. Contact Brandi at 206 263.1593.


Name Project Title Award
City of BothellBothell Landmark Nominations 2016-2017$2,066
Delridge Neighborhood Development AssociationElevate Youngstown: Workplan & Timeline$10,000
Wa Sang FoundationRex Apartments Storefront Restoration Study$10,000
Southwest Seattle Historical SocietyLandmarking the Campbell and Hamm buildings$10,000
City of AuburnTransforming Auburn's Historic Post Office to
the New Auburn Arts and Cultural Center
University Heights Center for the Community AssociationStructural Assessment$10,000
City of IssaquahCity of Issaquah Historic Properties Inventory$10,000
Kirkland Woman's ClubNeeds Assessment for the Kirkland Woman's Club Building$9,670
Northwest SeaportNautical Archaeological Survey of the 1911 Fishing Vessel Tordenskjold$10,000
Fall City Historical SocietyFall City Hop Shed Conservation Needs Assessment$3,264


Name Project Title Award
Eduardo Calderon Bridges in King County $1,200.00
Chong Wa Benevolent Association Chong Wa Rehabilitation Plan $10,000.00
City of Kirkland Landmark Nominations $5,400.00
Delridge Neighborhood Development Association Cooper School Site Planning $15,100.00
Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Association Web Site Development to Promote DMMD History
and Future Centennial Celebrations
King County Road Service Division Red Brick Road Condition Inventory and Recommendations $8,560.00
Kong Yick Investment Company Incorporated West Kong Yick Preservation and Development Plan $10,000.00
Queen Anne Historical Society Expanded Queen Anne Historic Context Statement $10,000.00
Sammamish Heritage Society Sammamish Historic Resource Survey and Inventory $8,500.00
Benson Shaw Ballard Street Name Mosaic Preservation Project $4,823.00
Southwest Seattle Historical Society Coming Home to the Homestead $3,617.00
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Youth Heritage Project (YHP) SWOT Team $5,000.00


Name Project Title Award
Bothell Historical Museum Society Hannan House Architectural Assessment $6,351
Chong Wa Benevolent AssociationChong Wa Hall Structural and Accessibility Improvements $10,000
City of Kirkland Kirkland Historic Resource Survey c. 1945-1965 $9,400
Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Association World War I Centennial 2018 Celebration Planning for DMMD $4,300
Friends of the Market Friends of the Market - 50th Anniversary SPL Lecture Event $3,875
Craig Glazier Sunset Garage Window Survey $3,500
Inter*Im Community Development Association Preserving the NP Hotel - Survey Report & Recommendations to Improve Building Envelope Performance $10,000
Northwest Seaport Public Access Design for Lightship No. 83 Swiftsure $9,961
Southwest Seattle Historical Society Alaska Junction Historic and Notable Structure Survey $10,000
Steamer Virginia V Foundation Historic Preservation Planning $9,300


Name Project Title Award
Center for Wooden Boats Longline Fishing Vessel Reconnaissance Survey $9,320
City of Newcastle Newcastle Historic Cemetery Preservation Plan $9,850
Zachary Corum Map of Historic River Paths Optimized for Mobile $7,517
Historic Seattle Panama Hotel Historic Structure Report $10,000
Kent Mill Creek Neighborhood Council Mill Creek Historic District Application $5,250
Katheryn H. Krafft Vertical Plank/Box Construction Survey & Report $5,000
Jeffrey Moidel Judge Ronald House Landmark Nomination $5,000
Neely Mansion Association Hori Bath House Restoration Planning $9,930
Northwest Seaport Vessel Master Plans $10,000
Seattle Chinatown-ID Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) Building Assessment Template for URM Property Owners in I.D. $5,000
Seattle Theatre Group Seattle's Historic Paramount Theatre Video $7,000
Southwest Seattle Historical Society Alki Homestead nomination to National Register $4,950
White River Valley Museum Back to the Future: Augmented Reality at the Mary Olson Farm $10,000

If you've been approved to receive a Preservation Special Projects grant, here's what to expect.


4Culture will notify you of your grant after it has been approved by our Board of Directors, typically this is two months after the deadline date. The contact person noted in the application will be sent an email about the grant, and a list of next steps to follow.


In an effort to make our contract process simpler and reduce our impact on the environment, 4Culture will now provide your contract documents electronically.

Once your grant’s Scope of Service and Public Benefit have been developed, 4Culture prepares a contract for your review and signature. When it is ready, you will receive an e-mail from us through DocuSign. This email will contain a link to your documents, and you can review and electronically sign your contract. You will not be able to make changes to the contract, but if there is an error or you need to request changes, please contact Brandi Link (206) 263-1593.

After you have electronically signed your contract, and have returned any requested forms (such as a completed W-9 Form), 4Culture will also electronically sign your contract. Then, DocuSign will automatically e-mail you a signed, digital copy of your contract to keep for your permanent records. You’ll then be able to move ahead with your project, and invoice 4Culture for reimbursement when you are ready.

Prior to presenting or publishing your project

Help us demonstrate the reach of 4Culture's funding and the value of supporting culture to elected officials and the general public.

All 4Culture funded projects must:

  • Acknowledge 4Culture's support with this text in all project-related print and on-line material: This project was supported, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.
  • Include this logo on project-related materials including: websites, brochures, press releases, programs, posters, flyers, advertisements, signage and all other related collateral material.

Assistance with promotion:

We often post information about completed projects or upcoming 4Culture supported events (they have to be FREE to the public) on our blog to assist funding recipients with outreach. If you are interested in our help, please send all of the following information to Brandi Link at least 3 weeks prior to your event or publication release:
  • Event Title
  • Website/Event Link
  • Event/Completion Date and Time
  • Event Location, including street address
  • Brief description of around 200 words
  • Contact information including name, phone number and e-mail
  • Digital image(s) of the project in-process or completed. We prefer photographs that include people. By providing images including recognizable people, we assume you have obtained permission to use their image through a model release or other means, especially for anyone under 18.

Promote your 4Culture funded project using our Media Kit. Find out what’s required, what you can do and how we can help.

Getting Paid

Once your 4Culture contract is signed by you and by 4Culture, your new grant will be listed in your account at under the Manage Awards section. To be reimbursed, follow the "Request Payment" link next to the relevant contract and complete the Payment Request form.

You may submit a request for either a partial payment or final payment, depending on the Scope of Services you negotiated at the start of the contracting process. Check your contract’s Scope. You must follow the payment schedule outlined there.

In order to receive payment you must submit the deliverables noted in the Scope of Service and Public Benefit sections in your agreement.

If you cannot complete your project and public benefit by the date your contract closes, please contact Brandi Link for a possible contract extension. If you do not contact her prior to the contract expiring, the award will be recaptured.

You must upload these required attachments for a Preservation Special Projects invoice:

  • Evidence of acknowledgement of 4Culture support (4Culture logo on project materials)
  • Project documentation – including digital images of project activities and any other requirements identified in your contract’s Scope.

If you have not previously submitted your W-9 Form (which should have been done at the time you signed your contract), you must do so before we can make a payment.

Once you have submitted your Payment Request electronically, your program manager is notified by the system – you do not need to email us. He or she will review and approve the invoice, and we will send you a check (usually within 14 days). If any of the forms are filled out incorrectly, we will contact you.

Best Practices

Let us know if we can provide you with any of the following
  • Other funding resources
  • Sample press releases
  • Tips on contacting your legislators and King County Council members. Your elected officials should know you make an impact in your community!

Stay in touch with us about your project!

Let us know what your plans are, and if you have any questions or concerns along the way. We are proud to support your project, and we hope we can assist you in making it a success! Please contact Brandi Link for guidance.