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.

Criteria

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 plan 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 within a year, with an experienced team, realistic 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 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 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.
  • 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?

You

  • 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 contributing building within a locally designated historic district. Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Place are eligible in jurisdictions without a local historic preservation ordinance.

Your Project

  • The cost of your project may range from $3,000 to $30,000.
  • Your project can include architectural design and engineering, materials, labor, permits, and fees. 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, 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

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.

Contact

Dana Phelan
206 263.1604

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

Timeline

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.

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.

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, scan the bids and upload to the application.

Images

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 in the online application.

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.