4Culture to Expand Offerings for Historic Preservation

Quaale Barn © 2008 4Culture
Quaale Barn © 2008 4Culture

A heads-up for 2013

There are big changes coming for the smallest of 4Culture’s four program areas. Next year for the very first time, we’ll open up two of our oldest funding opportunities – Special Projects and Sustained Support – to historic preservation projects and organizations.

Reard House, Sammamish © 2012, courtesy of the Sammamish Heritage Society

If you have a project that involves exploring, sharing, or celebrating historic places, think about applying for the new Preservation Projects program next spring! Eligible projects could be documenting old neighborhoods, researching an old building’s past, a lecture series or workshops, tours in accessible formats, community organizing around a preservation issue, story-telling through new media, or planning for building rehab. If you belong to an organization dedicated to preserving a single historic site or the wider built environment, you may be able to use some help with operating expenses. Consider applying for the new Preservation Sustained Support program in the fall.

Here’s another preview for 2013. We’re revamping our existing programs for bricks & mortar work on historic properties. Landmarks Rehab and Landmark Challenge Grants will be combined into one larger pool – Landmarks Capital – available to designated landmarks countywide.  Watch for an early summer deadline on this one.

We’re still writing guideline details and mapping out our funding programs calendar, but stay tuned! Soon, we’ll be announcing these and other changes to 4Culture funding programs for 2013.

Image: Reard House, Sammamish © 2012, courtesy of the Sammamish Heritage Society