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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.

2017 Thurston County Heritage Grant ProgramNaumann House in Tumwater

2017 Heritage Grant Applications will be accepted July 15, 2016 through August 31, 2016.

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 2017 is August 31, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.  Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Permit Assistance Center by this date.  The Permit Assistance Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
    • Mail / deliver application packets to:

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

2017 Heritage Grant Application Summary

Awards Granted for 2016

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

  • Sand Man Foundation - Repair the engine blown head gasket.  $5,000
  • South Thurston County Historical Society - Upgrade displays, signage, and artifact storage space upgrade.  $5,000
  • City of Lacey / Lacey Museum - Image and catalogue the first and only city newspaper the Lacey Leader. $5,000
  • Olympia Historical Society / Bigelow House Museum - Resovate the upstairs of the Bigelow House and create interpretive panels. $5,000
  • Olympia Tumwater Foundation - Complete processing the Schmidt House historical photographs for preservation and public access.  $5,000
  • Gate Community Club - Repair the ceiling, back porch, and preserve historic documents at the Historic Gate City Schoolhouse.  $5,000
  • Pacific NW Archaeological Services - Provide public outreach for the Archeological Field School at the historic George Bush homestead, and help fund the second season excavation.  $5,000

Contact Us

Cami Petersen, Land Use Clerk, Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Olympia, WA  98502.  Phone: (360) 754-3355 ext. 6348.  Fax: (360) 754-2939. TDD: (360) 754-2933. E-mail: peterscs@co.thurston.wa.us


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