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 contribute to our region’s identity.

Steps to Apply

1 What Landmarks Capital Funds

1 What Landmarks Capital Funds

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

Landmarks Capital funding is offered every year, but the 2020 program allocation has been reduced, with some of the funds now going to support our COVID-19 Reopen Fund.

We are running the Landmarks Capital program this year to support urgent needs, including emergency repairs and projects that can’t wait. It will prioritize projects that prevent further damage or disrepair to historic properties, or address life safety issues. If you have projects that are not time-sensitive, please consider waiting to apply next year. If you have projects related to reopening after a closure due to COVID-19, or if you must adapt your building or space to social distancing requirements, apply to our Reopen Fund.


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:

  • Quality: You have a long-term, sustainable plan for the landmark, and your project follows good preservation principles, as outlined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Public Benefit: Your project will benefit the citizens of King County through the property’s visibility, accessibility, public programming, or economic impact; will contribute to the diversity of property types and histories represented in King County’s built environment; or will aid in the long-term preservation and use of the landmark.
  • Feasibility: You’re ready to begin the project within a year, with a qualified team, realistic budget, and credible cost estimates from experienced contractors, and you are able to complete the project on a reimbursement basis.
  • Urgency: Your project will prevent further damage or disrepair to the property or will address critical life safety issues. The project is time sensitive and cannot wait.
  • Additional priorities: Your project is not eligible for other 4Culture funding programs. We’ll prioritize applications from under-represented geographic areas or historically marginalized communities if the above criteria are met.

If this is your first time applying for Landmarks Capital, we recommend making an individual phone appointment with the program manager to discuss your project. 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 project will benefit your fellow King County residents and visitors. Here are some ways historic preservation projects may benefit the public:

  • The landmark property has high visibility in the community, is accessible to the public, or is a part of historical programs or tours.
  • Investment in your landmark property will help promote economic activity in the neighborhood or have other positive impacts in your community.
  • Your project will contribute to the diversity of property types and histories represented in King County’s built environment.
  • Your project will contribute to the long-term viability and use of the landmark property.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are 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, or a historic building within a locally designated historic district. Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Place are eligible only in jurisdictions without a local historic preservation ordinance. Please contact 4Culture staff if you have questions about the eligibility of your property.
  • This grant is not available to K-12 schools or school districts.

Your Project

  • You may request up to $30,000. Matching funds are not required, but can help to demonstrate additional support.
  • Your project can include materials, labor, permits, and fees, as well as architectural design and engineering directly related to construction costs. Project management costs may be up to 15% of the award amount.
  • Your project should focus on the stabilization or restoration of historic building fabric, repair or replacement of essential building systems, or the restoration of historically significant landscapes.
  • 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.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed


Workshops provide an informal opportunity for you to meet staff, learn about the process, and ask questions. No registration or RSVP is required. Take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen your application! You can also schedule a one-on-one appointment with staff to discuss your application or project ideas.

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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.


Staff are here to assist you! If you have any questions, please email or call at any time. Please notify Dana Phelan of your intent to apply, and arrange for an individual phone appointment if you are a first-time applicant.

Dana Phelan

We will make every effort to ensure equal access for all applicants. If you require accommodations, please contact us.

You can also view last year’s funded applicants on our Past Grants page.


4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is September 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST. It will be approximately two months from the 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 December 2, 2020, and you must complete it by September 30, 2022.

Panel Process

First, 4Culture staff will review your application to ensure eligibility. A panel of historic preservation specialists, which changes annually, then evaluates all eligible applications. 4Culture staff facilitates the panel process, but does not vote or try to influence the outcome. The panel selects and recommends the most compelling projects to the 4Culture Board for funding, based on the criteria outlined above in the What Landmarks Capital Funds section of this page.

Contracts and Payment

If the 4Culture Board approves your project for funding, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining a payment schedule. You must be able to complete the project on a reimbursement basis, as funds will not be provided until your project or portions of your project are complete.

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 it as a draft and continue to work on it up to the deadline. Once you click Submit, your application is final. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.

What We Require

The online application includes questions connected to the criteria for this grant, and a project budget. You must complete all required fields in the online form in order to submit your application for review. Read all the instructions carefully, answer all the questions as thoroughly as possible, and complete the project budget to the best of your ability.

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.

Below, you will find information on additional support materials. We recommend assembling them early in the application process, and encourage you to call or email us with any questions as you work on these materials.

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, but specify which you intend to use and why. To submit, scan the bids and upload to the application.


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 indicate photo contents in the file name, for example “north_facade,” “neighborhood_context,” or “window_detail.”

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. Be selective – these materials are not required.