In mid-December, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners announced it had approved seven applications for a total of $32,200 in 2019 heritage grant funding.

The grant money is generated from historic document recording fees collected by the county auditor. For every $5 collected, $1 is set aside for the program. The Thurston County Historic Commission then reviews and recommends preservation grants based on guidelines created by the commissioners.

This year, the grant recipients are:

  • Olympia Film Society – $5,000 for the restoration of the Capitol Theater façade windows
  • City of Lacey/Lacey Museum – $5,000 for conducting interviews and cataloguing photos from the ‘Lacey Leader’
  • Olympia Tumwater Foundation –$5,000 for the replacement of the HVAC system in the historic Schmidt House
  • City of Rainier – $5,000 for the restoration and preservation of the historic Rainier School/Lutheran Church
  • The Sand Man Foundation –$5,000 for deck repairs and dry rot replacement throughout the tugboat
  • NW Institute for Leadership & Change – $5,000 for conducting interviews and documenting the history of African Americans who came to the region between 1950 and 1975
  • YWCA Olympia –$2,200 for the transferring of historical documents to the Washington State Historical Society for preservation, Phase II

Thumbnail photo of the Schmidt House courtesy Olympia Tumwater Foundation.