Funding for Care of Collections Now Available

Interns completing on-site artifact inventory © 2013, courtesy of Renton Historical Society
Interns completing on-site artifact inventory © 2013, courtesy of Renton Historical Society

2014 Collections Care application is OPEN, with a deadline of 5 pm, Wednesday, June 25

Interns completing on-site artifact inventory © 2013, courtesy of Renton Historical Society
Interns completing on-site artifact inventory © 2013, courtesy of Renton Historical Society

Since its launch in 2008, Heritage Collections Care has provided funding for numerous projects that have had positive impact on collecting institutions in King County. This annual 4Culture funding program has supported projects as varied as: creating collection policies; migrating outdated media to new technology; conducting collections assessments; acquiring archival storage materials; inventorying artifacts; preparing condition reports; computerizing catalogs of collection data; and conserving historic objects, documents and images.

In 2013, Heritage Collections Care provided funding to 23 of 26 applying organizations. Comparable projects will be funded through 2014 Heritage Collections Care, and the application and guidelines are now available. The program is open to nonprofit heritage and historical organizations, holding in public trust, collections that primarily represent aspects of King County history.

TO APPLY: Go to www.4culture.org/apply/heritagecollections to read the updated guidelines. After reviewing the guidelines and gathering the required information, begin the online application by clicking on the “Start your Application” link. Allow sufficient time to complete the application, and remember that it is possible to save, quit and resume the application as many times as needed until the deadline of 5pm, PDT, Wednesday, June 25th 2014.

WORKSHOPS: To assist organizations with the application process, 4Culture offers weekly drop-in workshops to explain the parameters of the program and requirements for submitting proposals. Workshops take place at 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S., Seattle 98104 on Wednesdays from Noon – 1:00 pm, May 14 through June 11.

Additional offsite workshops are scheduled for Noon, Tuesday, May 13, at the Maple Valley Fire Engine Museum, 22010 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley, before the SoCoCulture meeting; 11:30 am, Tuesday, May 27, at Pioneer Hall, 1642 43rd Ave E, Seattle, after the AKCHO meeting; and Noon, Tuesday, June 10 at the Shoreline Historical Museum.

For further information about Collections Care or other Heritage funding programs, email Eric Taylor, 4Culture Heritage Lead, or phone him at 206-296-8688.