Nearly $10 million could be directed to three-dozen heritage capital projects statewide if approved by the Legislature and the Governor during the 2019-2021 biennium budget process in Olympia.

In August, the Heritage Capital Projects Advisory Panel — which consists of experts in the fields of history, museums, and historic preservation — met to review and rank the grant applications received. The grant funding can be used for construction, rehabilitation, property acquisition, structural improvements, and other capital projects related to heritage buildings and sites, according to formal guidelines.

The panel recommended grant funding for more than a half-dozen South Sound projects, including:

Rank: 1
Applicant: Metro Parks Tacoma
Project: W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory Rehabilitation
Grant Request: $773,200

Rank: 3
Applicant: Foss Waterway Seaport
Project: Balfour Dock Building: Phase IIIE Expansion, Enclosure and Enhancement of Heritage Wooden Boat Shop
Grant Request: $307,000

Rank: 4
Applicant: City of Tumwater
Project: Tumwater Old Brewhouse Tower Rehabilitation – Phase 2
Grant Request: $512,700

Rank: 5
Applicant: Harbor History Museum
Project: Shenandoah Project Phase V
Grant Request: $100,000

Rank: 26
Applicant: City of Lacey
Project: Renovating Lacey warehouse for new museum
Grant Request: $978,900

Rank: 32
Applicant: University Place Historical Society
Project: Curran House History Museum: Phase I
Grant Request: $41,300

Rank: 35
Applicant: South Pierce County Historical Society
Project: Eatonville Tofu House Restoration
Grant Request: $14,800

A complete list of the projects and funding recommendations is available online here.