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Heritage Grant Program


The Thurston County Heritage Grant Program provides resources to assist in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Thurston County’s heritage.  On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, the Thurston County Historic Commission administers the Thurston County Heritage Grant Program  to assist projects that promote the public’s access to County history.

The program is funded with a portion of document recording fees collected by the Thurston County Auditor.  The allocation of these fees for projects that “promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents” is authorized under RCW 36.22.170.  The revenues accrue to a dedicated fund and may not be used for any purposes other than those stipulated in the statute.

2018 Thurston County Heritage Grant ProgramNaumann House in Tumwater

2018 Heritage Grant Applications will be accepted July 14, 2017 through August 31, 2017.

How to apply:

  • Grant Program Guidelines: Review the Guidelines for information on eligibility, application process, review process and additional helpful information
  • Application Form: The form may be filled out online or printed and filled out by hand.  Download the latest Adobe Reader to allow you to save information you have typed into the form.
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  • Submit the following:
    • ONE signed original and 5 copies.  If support materials are needed (as described on page one of the application form), submit one original and 5 copies.
    • The application deadline for 2018 is August 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Building Development Center by this date.  The Building Development Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
    • Mail / deliver application packets to:

      Thurston County Heritage Grant Program
      Building One, Second Floor, Building Development Center
      2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
      Olympia, WA 98502-1045
  • Staff Contacts:

2017 Heritage Grant Application Summary

Awards Granted for 2017

The Thurston County Historic Commission received and ranked eight applications for 2015 historic preservation grants. Six projects were awarded various amounts of grant funding for 2015 as listed below

  • City of Lacey / Lacey Museum - Image and catalogue the first and only city newspaper the Lacey Leader, Phase II. $5,000
  • City of Tenino - Replace the northern portion of the Tenino Quarry House roof. $5,000
  • City of Olympia - A reconnaissance-level survey of 75 blocks of historic downtown Olympia.  $5,000
  • Olympia Tumwater Foundation - Catalog and re-house 292 pieces of Olympia Brewing Company advertising artwork dating from the 1930s - 1970s.  $5,000
  • Woman's Club of Olympia - Repair column bases that support the porch and balconay at the Woman's Club of Olympia.  $5,000
  • Brighton Park Grange - Replace electrical box and update wiring in the main hall.  $2,600
  • Centennial Garden Foundation - Adding several varieties of well researched historic roses know to have grown in Thurston County during the time of statehood.  $2,000

Contact Us

Cami Petersen, Land Use Clerk, Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Olympia, WA  98502.  Phone: (360) 867-2117.  Fax: (360) 754-2939. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388
E-mail: peterscs@co.thurston.wa.us


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