Preservation Special Projects
Deadline: February 25, 2015  
Flo Lentz 206 263.1604
Judge James T. Ronald House, Seattle ca. 1920, courtesy of Jeffrey Moidel

Judge James T. Ronald House, Seattle © ca. 1920, courtesy of Jeffrey Moidel
2013 Preservation Special Projects Recipient

Saving places that matter often begins with research, outreach, and advocacy to build community support for Historic Preservation.

The Preservation Special Projects program offers funding for neighborhood survey/inventory, landmark registration, project planning and more. We encourage projects that highlight historic places in innovative ways, communicate through new technology, and engage people who may not think of themselves as preservationists. Eligible applicants are individuals, organizations and public agencies.

In 2014, 10 out of 11 proposals received a total of $76,687 in awards ranging from $3,500 to $10,000. A portion of Lodging Tax revenues collected in King County provides all of the funding for the Preservation Special Projects program.

Updated Guidelines and Application for 2015 will be posted 6 weeks before the deadline

Who Can Apply

Individuals, organizations, and public agencies  

Eligible Applicants include King County-based:

  • Individuals
  • Organizations, community groups
  • Public agencies, other than K-12 schools or school districts

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
  • Materials and consumable supplies used for program purposes
  • Direct project costs, which may include transportation, documentation, and other items and fees specifically described in the application

Project Funds May Not Be Used For:

  • "Bricks and Mortar" rehab or repair work
  • Major equipment purchases
  • General operating support, indirect or overhead costs, employee benefits or any regular staff salaries
  • Projects completed before the award of funds
  • Fundraising efforts
  • Food or catering costs

When to Apply

2015 Application Deadline: February 25, 2015

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Online application period opens January 2, 2014. First, indicate your Intent to Apply by contacting Progran Manager, Flo Lentz at 206 263.1604. Attend a free workshop in January or February. Deadline for application is February 26, 2014 at 5PM PST, sharp. Projects, or portions thereof funded through this program, may begin no earlier than May 1, 2014.

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 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
  • Demonstrated track record of the project team in successfully completing projects on time and on budget
  • Financial viability, including a credible budget demonstrating a confirmed match, 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

Competitive Selection Process and Timeline

  • Indicate your Intent to Apply - Prior to preparing an application, applicants must contact the Program Manager to discuss the proposed project. Contact Flo Lentz at 206 263.1604 to discuss your project and confirm its eligibility for Preservation Special Projects. If your project involves multiple disciplines (preservation, heritage, and/or the arts) you may be eligible to submit it for consideration under more than one 4Culture funding program. Please contact 4Culture staff as early as possible to discuss your project. Staff can advise you on the best possible fit.
  • For tips on preparing a strong application, attend a free workshop in January or February.
  • Completed applications due Wednesday, Februrary 26, 2014.
  • March: peer review panel meets to evaluate and score applications.
  • April: Panel recommendations forwarded to 4Culture's Historic Preservation Advisory Committee for final action.
  • Early May: applicants receive formal notification from 4Culture.
  • 4Culture staff works with award recipients to develop a contract for work to be funded. The contract will specify preservation services to be provided, insurance requirements, and public benefit obligations.
  • Projects must be underway within 12 months of the date of the notification letter.

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 will be required to submit your application using the online form in Step 3. This section contains further guidance on how to prepare for applying, and on both required and optional support materials.

Support Materials (Required; must be uploaded)

You are required to submit the following during the "upload" step of the online application:

Project Budget

Download the 4Culture project budget form provided here. Enter your estimated project costs in the Expenses column. Enter your sources of income for the project in the Income column. You will not be allowed to submit the online application without uploading a completed 4Culture project budget form.

pdf icon   4Culture Project Budget form
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Step 2: Save the PDF document you want to fill out to your computer. (If you are not given the option to save, the document might have automatically downloaded to the folder you have chosen to be your default download folder. Check that folder.)

Step 3: Right-click on the PDF document you saved, choose "Open with" in the drop-down menu and select Adobe Reader.

Consultant Estimate

Upload one or more written estimates, if your project will involve hiring a consultant preservationist, architect, historian or other professional.

Board List (organizations only; not applicable for public agencies)

Upload a list of your organization's board members and their affiliations, limited to one page. Word or PDF files are preferred.

Images (may be uploaded or mailed on CD or DVD)

Upload up to 5 digital color images. Supported file types are .jpg, .gif, and .png. File size limited to 2 MB.

Additional Support Materials (Optional; must be mailed)

You are encouraged to submit by mail any of the following that add to an understanding of your project: letters of support, drawings or maps, media coverage, previous research, studies or reports.

Mail/Deliver Instructions

Additional support materials must be postmarked on or before February 26, 2014, or hand-delivered to 4Culture offices by 5pm PST, February 26, 2014, addressed to:

  • Flo Lentz
  • 4Culture
  • 101 Prefontaine Pl S
  • Seattle, WA 98101

If possible, submit two copies of each item. Clearly label all additional support materials with the name of the individual or organization applying, and the name of this program – Preservation Special Projects. If submitting images via mail or hand delivery, copy/burn all images onto ONE CD or DVD only. If you wish for support materials to be returned, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.


STEP 3 - Sign in to fill out your application

Note: Once you have started the process of applying online, you can hit "save" after each completed step in the application, sign out, and your application will remain saved as a draft. You can then return to your application any time before the deadline to continue working or to make changes by signing in with the username and password you created. Once you hit "submit," you will still be able to see your application but you will not be able to make any more changes.

For technical questions about the online application system, contact Program Assistant Brandi Link at 206 263.1593.

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

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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 Flo Lentz is your primary contact for the Preservation Special Projects Program. Contact Flo at 206 263.1604.


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 historic preservation funding from 4Culture.  What now?  Here's what to expect...


4Culture will send a letter to notify you of your award when it has received final approval, typically two months from the program deadline.


In order to be awarded your funds, you must sign a contract with 4Culture. Essentially, 4Culture will contract with you to provide the preservation services described in your application. We'll be in touch with you as we prepare the contract to discuss the scope of work, and any applicable insurance requirements. During this process, we will also negotiate the specific public benefits that you must provide in exchange for the receipt of public funds.

4Culture will prepare and mail a contract package to you.

The package will contain two copies of your contract. Please sign and return both copies as soon as possible. Once your contract is signed by 4Culture, a copy will be mailed back to you for your files.

Fill out and submit any enclosed documents - they are required. These may include:

  • One (1) W-9 Form - for all awardees new to our system
  • A Disability Assurance of ADA Compliance form – for organizations only

Once you have submitted all these required forms and 4Culture has also signed the contract, your contract is active.


For Landmarks Capital projects only, 4Culture will provide a temporary construction banner for your project site, crediting 4Culture as a funder. You are required to hang the banner in a visible outdoor location during the active phase of your construction project.


WE DO NOT PROVIDE PAYMENT UP FRONT; ALL 4CULTURE AWARDS ARE MADE ON A REIMBURSABLE BASIS. You must submit invoice(s) along with any required documentation in order to get paid! A 4Culture invoice form(s) is available here for download and will also be in your contract package. This invoice is program specific. Keep it to use when submitting for reimbursement. Once you complete the work, or an increment of the work as specified in your contract, fill out a hard copy of the 4Culture invoice, and send it in to us via mail or fax to 206 296.8629. Landmarks Capital projects will also require submittal of billings from your vendors and sub-contractors.


Photos are an important part of your final submittal for payment. Almost all Preservation funding program contracts require at least 10 high-quality images.

These must be digital photos, submitted on a disk, as our server does not accept large email attachments. The best photos will show how the project progressed, show participants or workers on the job, and be useable by 4Culture to promote its programs in web or print formats. For all Landmarks Capital projects, Photo Guideline Sheet will be included in your contract packet. Please review it carefully at the beginning of your project!


Provided that all of the above steps have been completed, checks will be cut and mailed within two weeks after receipt of your invoice/documentation and photos.


We want you to acknowledge 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax support on any project-related press releases, programs, flyers, etc. Please use this logo on any such promotional materials.

Stay in touch with us about your project! In particular, please let us know in advance when construction work is happening, and send us any news as it progresses. We are proud to support your project and hope we can assist you in making it a success. Please contact Flo Lentz at 206 263.1604 for help.