4Culture Grants + Calls

Landmarks Capital

The entire community benefits when we make our historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes a priority. Large and small, urban and rural—the Landmarks Capital program supports the bricks-and-mortar projects that make up our region’s identity.

Steps to Apply

1What Landmarks Capital Funds

1What Landmarks Capital Funds

Whether you are an individual owner or you represent an organization, if you are the steward of a designated historic property in King County and are working to restore it, you should consider applying for a Landmarks Capital grant.


We fund all of our grants through a competitive process, carefully evaluating each application.

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

  • You have a long-term, sustainable for the landmark, and your project follows good preservation principles, as outlined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • You’re ready to begin the project this year, with an experienced team, realist budget, and credible cost estimates from experienced contractors.
  • Your project addresses an urgent need or adds to diversity of property types within our pool of applicants. We’ll prioritize applications from under-represented geographic areas or populations if the above criteria are met.

In addition to your reviewing your application, we’ll also conduct an on-site review of your organization if this is your first time applying for Landmarks Capital. Please contact Dana Phelan at 206-263-1604 to make that appointment.

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.

2Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2Are You and Your Project Eligible?


  • We accept applications from individuals, businesses, organizations, and local governments that are either the owner or long-term leaseholder of a historic property in King County.
  • Your property must be designated as an official landmark at the city or county level, listed in the National Register of Historic Place, or located within a designated historic district.

Your Project

  • The cost of your project should range from $3,000 to $30,000.
  • Your project can include project design and management, essential building systems, landscape restoration if historically significant, materials, labor, permits, and fees.
  • Landmarks Capital funds may not be used for property acquisition, new additions, major equipment purchases, planning and pre-development studies, general operating support, overhead costs, employee benefits, or any regular staff salaries.

3Helping You Succeed

3Helping 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.

View last year’s applicants on our Past Grants page.


Dana Phelan
206 263.1604

4After You Submit

4After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is May 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm. 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 July 1, 2017, and you must complete it by December 31, 2018.

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 organization for funding, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining a payment schedule.



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.

Preservation Priorities

Complete this table to demonstrate the broad, long-range needs of your landmark property, and to show us where your current request to 4Culture fits in. You must use 4Culture’s form.

  Preservation Priorities

Project Budget

Show your estimated project expenses and your expected project income. You must use 4Culture’s form.


Contractor Bids

At least one contractor bid or architectural estimate for the proposed project is required. You may include a second estimate if you have one. To submit, either scan the bids and upload to the application, or send hard copies by mail, postmarked by the deadline.


Please submit six to twelve digital color images that have all been taken within the last six months. JPG format is preferred, no larger than 2 MB each. Please include a list of images with a brief caption for each, either in the upload section of the online application, or saved on a CD/DVD and mailed, postmarked by the deadline.

Images must show:

  • The property in its setting or neighborhood context.
  • Each side of exterior of primary structure.
  • Features (exterior or interior) affected by proposed project.

Supplemental Materials (Optional)

You may submit letters of support, any existing master plans, studies, or assessments, or any existing site plans, drawings, or sketches that directly support your project.

Send any mailed materials to:
Dana Phelan
101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104