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Heritage Capital Projects Fund

2017-2019 Application Process begins for Heritage Capital Projects Fund

The Washington State Historical Society is proud to announce the next application cycle of the Heritage Capital Projects Program. The Grant Application for the 2017-2019 biennium and the 2017-2019 Grant Guidelines are available below. The Grant Application Workshops schedule is posted below as well. Six free three-hour Grant Application Workshops are planned for March and April 2016, and completed Grant Applications will be due May 19, 2016.  

Through the competitive Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grant program, the state provides up to ten million dollars each biennium to reimburse up to 33.33% of the eligible costs of selected heritage capital projects; and, grantees must provide at least 66.67% match.  Applicants must be eligible entities with eligible projects.  To meet the legislative intent of the HCP, applicants must demonstrate significant public benefit in the form of heritage interpretation and preservation, involve property that will be held a minimum of 13 years beyond the completion of the project and have the capacity and readiness to undertake and complete their capital project by June 30, 2019.  Applicants may request a minimum HCP grant of $7,500.00 and no more than $750,000.00.

HCP grant applicants must agree to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, including, but not limited to the Governor's Executive Order 05-05 (see Historic Preservation Laws), high performance ("green") building standards (see RCW 39.35D) and prevailing wage laws (see RCW 39.12 and WAC 296-127). Before preparing an HCP grant application, an applicant should determine its eligibility, the eligibility of the proposed project and whether it has the capacity and readiness for a successful Heritage Capital Project.

Forms and Documents

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Stevens County HS

Historic Colville Indian Agency building, ca. 1868

Heritage Capital Projects Overview

The State of Washington has a rich heritage in historical sites and artifacts. These historical treasures have the potential to provide life-long learning opportunities for citizens of the state, yet many are not readily accessible to its citizens. While heritage organizations and facilities exist that can connect individuals with heritage, challenging capital needs may prevent them from reaching their potential. The Washington state legislature formally recognized these facts and determined that there was a need to support the capital needs of heritage organizations and facilities. With passage of RCW 27.34.330 - Heritage Capital Projects in 1995, the ongoing Heritage Capital Projects program was established to support the capital needs and facilities that interpret and preserve Washington’s heritage.  The Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) was authorized to establish the processes and rules of the program, and has administered it continuously since that time.  The program is housed at the Washington State History Museum in Downtown Tacoma.  

Through the competitive Heritage Capital Projects program, the state may provide up to ten million dollars of grants each biennium to reimburse up to 1/3 of the eligible costs of selected heritage capital projects, and grantees must provide at least 2/3 match.  To meet the legislative intent of the HCP, applicants must be eligible entities with eligible projects.  They must demonstrate significant public benefit in the form of heritage interpretation and preservation, involve property that will be held a minimum of 13 years beyond the completion of the project, and have the readiness and capacity to undertake and complete their capital project within the biennium.  Applications for 2017-2019 funding from the will be posted on-line in late February, 2016, and due in mid-May (specific date to be announced).


State Awards $10,000,000 Funding Assistance for New Heritage Capital Projects

On June 30, 2015, Governor Jay Inslee signed the State Capital Budget for the 2015-2017 biennium, and in so doing, authorized $10 million to fund the 10th round of Heritage Capital Projects.

State funding for the 2015-2017 Heritage Capital Projects will be matched 2:1 by the grantees, and interpretation and perservation of Washington's history and heritage will be strengthened by projects throughout the state; capital improvements to existing facilities, construction of new facilities, preservation of historic buildings, structures, vessels, and locomotives, and improvements at historic or archaeological sites that are culturally or historically significant. 

2015-2017 Heritage Capital Project Grantees

Heritage Capital Projects Fund History

The State of Washington has affirmed that Washington has a "rich heritage in historical sites and artifacts that have the potential to provide life-long learning opportunities for citizens of the state" and that "many of these historical treasures are not readily accessible to citizens, and that there is a need to create an ongoing program to support the capital needs of heritage organizations and facilities."

To meet this need, the Heritage Capital Projects Fund (HCPF) competitive grant program was authorized in 1995 (RCW 27.34.330 - Heritage Capital Projects). The purpose of HCPF is to "support capital needs and facilities of heritage organizations, tribal governments, public development authorities, and local government agencies that interpret and preserve Washington's history and heritage." (Chapter 255-02 - WAC - Capital Projects Fund). To meet the legislative intent of the HCPF, applicants for HCPF grants must be eligible entities with eligible projects.

Since 1997, the Heritage Capital Projects Fund has supported local leaders in communities across the state as they have worked to preserve our heritage, interpret its meaning, and serve the public. HCPF grants have assisted hundreds of local heritage projects, resulting in the construction of new museums and interpretive centers, additions to heritage facilities, improvements to archives and museum collection storage, preservation and reuse of historic structures, restoration of historic ships, and rehabilitation of historic railroad equipment.

For more information about the Heritage Capital Projects Fund, contact Janet Rogerson at 253-798-5909 or janet.rogerson@wshs.wa.gov.