4Culture Grants + Calls

Heritage Projects

As historians and researchers in King County work to uncover our region’s history, we learn more about where we come from and where we can go. Through Heritage Projects we support the people and organizations making history relevant and provocative through exhibits, publications, oral histories, and more.

Steps to apply

1 What Heritage Projects Funds

1 What Heritage Projects Funds

4Culture’s Heritage Projects funding program promotes the identification, documentation, exhibition, and interpretation of historic and cultural materials exploring the heritage of King County, Washington.

You can use this grant to:

  • Create heritage resources including, but not limited to, books, guides, brochures, research projects, digital projects, oral, visual, or audio recordings, museum exhibits and programs, and education curriculum.
  • Produce special events and programs that highlight our region’s heritage including, but not limited to: conferences, workshops, technical assistance programs, apprenticeship or training opportunities, historic walking, cycling, or driving tours, field schools, skill demonstrations, and programs that facilitate collaboration between heritage organizations.
  • Provide opportunities for underrepresented populations including people of color, LGBTQ communities, youth, people with disabilities, and gender variant communities to work firsthand with heritage resources.
  • Pay for materials and consumable supplies used for your project, transportation, documentation, and compensation for professional consultants, heritage specialists, trainees, or staff time if work on the project is outside their regular work duties and payment is above and beyond their regular compensation structure.

You cannot use this grant for:

  • Major equipment purchases, construction or fabrication projects, general operating support, overhead costs and fees, employee benefits or any regular staff salaries (we offer separate grants for these).
  • Elements of your project completed before funds are awarded: April 25, 2018.
  • Projects for which fundraising is the primary purpose, direct marketing or advertising costs, and projects that do not focus on King County’s heritage as a foundational element.
  • Support for services and programs to be provided by the King County Landmarks Commission for land use regulation and archaeological resource management purposes, as described in K.C.C. chapter 20.62 (King County Code 4.42.125H).


We fund this grant through a competitive process, carefully evaluating each application. We want to see that you have a good plan behind your project, and that you’re exploring and sharing King County heritage in a real way.

For this grant, we’ll look to see how well your project shows the following:

  • Project impact and public benefit: how well your project helps develop the historical record in King County, its potential to raise the visibility of heritage work, and its ability to increase public access to heritage resources and programs. This might include free performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, or readings, as well as free, electronically accessible materials, including literary publications, audio, or video recordings.
  • Quality and qualifications: how well your project aligns with professional standards and best practices, the qualifications of you and your project team, and how your project meets the goals of your organization’s mission or needs in the community.
  • Feasibility: you or your organization’s ability to complete your project within 18 months. This is demonstrated through the qualifications of you and your project team, your budget—including your ability to raise additional funding—and your ability to fund the project on a reimbursement basis.
  • Heritage priorities: how your projects preserves endangered heritage resources, addresses neglected aspects of King County heritage, and provides opportunities for youth, underserved communities, and multicultural audiences.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Every time a visitor to Washington State stays in a hotel, they pay a Lodging Tax—this is where our funding comes from, and our mission is to put it back into the community. As you work through your application, tell us exactly how your fellow King County residents will be able to enjoy and learn from your work. Here are some ways you can provide public benefit:

  • Free performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, or readings.
  • Events in the often under-served areas of suburban or rural King County, to low-income, youth and senior groups, individuals with limited physical abilities, recent immigrants, or residents from minority races or ethnicities.
  • Free, electronically accessible materials, including literary publications, audio, or video recordings.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?


  • You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of King County when you apply, through the completion of your project.
  • If you receive funding, you’ll need to provide us with your Social Security number in order to receive payment. Organizations, community groups, and public agencies must operate within King County, and will need to provide us with a Tax ID or EIN in order to receive grant funds.
  • We do not fund K-12 schools, school districts, or religious institutions.

Your Project

  • Must focus primarily on the identification, documentation, exhibition and/or interpretation of King County’s past, i.e. people, places, communities, events, and historic themes
  • Must be accessible to and provide public benefit to King County residents and visitors.

We’ll consider your application complete once you’ve filled out all sections, and provided all of our required materials, listed in the Apply section of this page. It’s a good idea to put all of these together before you login and begin your application.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed


Workshops make a huge difference in the success of your application—each year, we find that the strongest applications come from people who have attended a workshop.

Check back soon for upcoming workshops

Tutorial Video

Watch this step-by-step application tutorial video to assist you through the process of creating an account, starting your application, and saving it for later.


In 2016, 36 projects received funding, totaling $230,687 in support of Heritage projects throughout King County. Awards typically range from a minimum of $1,000 to $10,000. View last year’s applicants on our Past Grants page.

You can download the narrative questions from the application, and look at a sample application from last year’s applicant pool that successfully received funding.


Chieko Phillips
(206) 477-6811

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is March 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm PST. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions. You can start your project—or the portion of your project described in your application—no earlier than April 25, 2018, and you must complete it by June 1, 2019.

Panel Process

We make all of our funding decisions through a panel process, in which a group of peers working in historic preservation assesses your application. 4Culture staff facilitates the panel process, but does not vote or try to influence the outcome.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your project for funding, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining the scope of your project and a payment schedule. You’ll receive your funds once you have completed the public benefit component of your project—that’s why it’s so important to come up with a feasible way to share your project with the public.

Requirements and Appeals

Learn about what will be required if you are awarded a grant, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture decision.

5 Apply

5 Apply

Once you’ve started your application, you can save after each step and sign out—your application will be saved as a draft that you can continue to work on up to the deadline. Once you hit “Submit,” your application is final. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.

What We Require

We will not consider your application without the materials listed here. We strongly recommend assembling them before you login and begin your application, and encourage you to call or email us with any questions as you work on these materials.

New For 2019 – Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year, for yourself, and if you are applying as an organization, for your board and staff. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.

Project budget

Use the budget form embedded in the application to record expected revenues and expenses.


You may submit up to three attachments. Accepted file types are .jpg, .gif, and .png. Do not upload .pdf or .tiff images. The online application system will not allow uploads of individual files larger than 2 MB. Attachments may include You may also photos, bids, estimates, provide letters of support, drawings, maps, copies of media coverage, previous research, studies, or reports to help illustrate your proposal.