Thurston County has announced that it is accepting now through Nov. 2 applications for historic preservation projects within the county.

The Historic Preservation Grant program is funded by revenues the county collects from the recording of documents. By state law, these funds can only be used for programs and projects related to historic preservation. In addition to funding the grant program, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners has also authorized other annual funding for projects managed by the Historic Commission. These funds are typically used for the creation of historic markers in the county and to help support efforts such as the historic barn documentation project.

Past grant-supported projects include:

  • Public access to historic images by digitizing and cataloging images and artifacts from the Schmidt House through the Olympia Tumwater Foundation;
  • Restoration of the former NWRR Caboose as a living history exhibit by the City of Tenino; and
  • Other historic projects within Thurston County.

Organizations can submit applications for the Heritage Grant Program here. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 2, 2020. Grants will be awarded in early 2021.