4Culture Grants + Calls

Preservation Special Projects

The people and organizations doing the hard work of preserving our historic spaces take on all kinds of challenges, from advocacy to long-term stewardship planning. Preservation Special Projects grants pave the way to a built environment that is valued and protected.

Steps to Apply

1 What Preservation Special Projects Funds

1 What Preservation Special Projects Funds

This grant funds the activities that are the building blocks of preserving our historic buildings and spaces in King County: neighborhood surveys, landmark nominations, building assessments, planning projects, hiring experts, advocacy efforts, and more. We are also interested in projects that utilize technology to reach audiences new to historic preservation.

In 2018, 16 projects received funding, totaling $100,746 in support of Preservation projects throughout King County. Awards typically range from $1,000 to $10,000.


We award 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 historic preservation in a real way.

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

  • Quality: Your project aligns with best practices in preservation and shows innovation within the field. You and your team have strong experience and qualifications. Your application is clear and complete.
  • Public benefit: Your project has the potential to expand the public’s understanding and awareness of historic places in King County. Your project addresses under-represented aspects of King County history and/or populations.
  • Feasibility: Your ability to develop and complete the project within 18 months of the award, as demonstrated through a realistic budget, suitable project team, and ability to fund the project on a reimbursement basis.

Projects funded through this program, or portions thereof, may not begin prior to the award date of May 1, 2018, and must be completed within 18 months of that date.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Every time a visitor to King County 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 preservation projects may benefit the public:

  • Free or low-cost tours, presentations, or access to materials and documents created with the grant including publications, audio, or video recordings.
  • Public meetings in under-served areas of suburban or rural King County.
  • Project involvement by under-represented groups, including youth, recent immigrants, or residents from minority races or ethnicities.
  • Good preservation planning for the long-term viability and use of a landmark property in King County.


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.
  • 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 payment.
  • You may only submit one project proposal to Preservation Special Projects per year.
  • Current employees, family members or business partners of an employee of 4Culture may not apply.
  • We do not fund schools or school districts. Eligible applicants proposing the creation or enrichment of existing cultural programs in K-12 schools must partner with a King County public school or district.

Your Project

  • Your project must contribute to the protection of King County’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and/or landscapes.
  • You can request funding to develop documentation, identification, research, analysis, educational programming and advocacy efforts focused on preservation issues or content.
  • If your project involves multiple disciplines—preservation, heritage, and/or the arts—it may be eligible for consideration under more than one 4Culture Projects funding program. You may request funding for different elements of your project through the separate funding programs, but must disclose in your application what other 4Culture funding you have requested, or will request. Contact staff to discuss your eligibility.
  • Your project must provide a public benefit for King County residents and visitors.
  • This grant may not be used for stabilization, restoration, rehabilitation or maintenance of historic building fabric or landscapes, property acquisition, or new construction.

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. You do not have to RSVP to attend the workshops—just show up! You can also schedule a one-on-one appointment with staff to discuss your application or project ideas.

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.


Staff are here to assist you! If you have any questions, please email or call at any time.

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

Need more project ideas? View last year’s applicants on our Past Grants page.


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 the funding decisions. Remember, you can start your project—or the portion of the project you are requesting funding for—no earlier than May 1, 2019, and you must complete it by December 31, 2020.

Selection Process

First, 4Culture staff will review your applications to ensure eligibility. A panel of preservation and heritage 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 Preservation Special Projects Funds section of this page.

Contracts and Payment

We provide grant funds on a reimbursement basis, after your project or portions of your project are complete. If the panel selects 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.

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, as well as 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. Be sure to list out the amounts of all expenses and income associated with the project.

Below, you will find information on additional support materials. You may need to gather this information well in advance of submitting your application, so start early!

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.

Consultant Estimate

Submit one or more written estimates if your project will involve hiring a consultant preservationist, architect, historian, or other professional.

Optional Materials

You may also provide images, letters of support, drawings, previous research, studies, images and audio/video clips, or reports to help illustrate your proposal. Optional support materials may be uploaded within the online application. Carefully read the upload requirements within the application for the different types of materials you choose to submit. Be selective—these are optional!