Nine local organizations will share more than $40,000 in grant funds from the City of Tacoma to support projects that aim to increase public awareness and access to area history.

The bi-annual Heritage Project Grant Program was launched in 2016 and awards anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000 to support a range of organized efforts, such as exhibitions, workshops, events, educational activities, or documentation of artifacts and historic sites.

This year’s grant recipients are Downtown on the Go ($2,000 for three walking tours that focus on Tacoma’s history); Fort Nisqually Foundation ($5,000 for a special exhibit and permanent signage that highlights the fort’s agricultural history); Historic Tacoma ($3,000 to redesign the organization’s website); HistoryLink.org ($3,925 to produce 12 articles about Tacoma history); Job Carr Cabin Museum ($1,500 for the annual Pioneer Days Festival); Knights of Pythias ($3,000 to purchase equipment to create a digitized and searchable archive of the organization’s documents and artifacts); Pierce Conservation District ($7,500 for interpretive materials to highlight the diverse agricultural history of three community gardens in Tacoma); Points Northeast Historical Society ($4,500 to conduct a historic structures report to guide the restoration of the Browns Point Light Station); and the Tacoma Historical Society ($10,000 for the development, installation, and public outreach related to an exhibit on the 1918 Liberty Bond drives).

“We’re thrilled to be able to support this broad range of heritage programing and activities that are taking place across Tacoma,” said Lauren Hoogkamer, Tacoma’s assistant historic preservation officer. According to Hoogkamer, the city received over $90,000 in grant requests.

During the program’s inaugural year, the city awarded $50,000 to eight organizations: Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Fort Nisqually Foundation, Foss Waterway Seaport, Northwest Leadership Foundation, Shanaman Sports Museum, Tacoma Historical Society, and Urban Grace Church.