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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.

2019 Thurston County Heritage Grant ProgramNaumann House in Tumwater

2019 Heritage Grant Applications will be accepted July 16, 2018 through August 31, 2018.

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 2019 is August 31, 2018 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:

2018 Heritage Grant Application Summary

Awards Granted for 2018

The Thurston County Historic Commission received and ranked eight applications for 2018 historic preservation grants. Six projects were awarded various amounts of grant funding for 2018 as listed below

  • Olympia Tumwater Foundation - Schmidt House Photographic Materials Preservation and Digitization -  $5,000
  • City of Tenino - Tenino Quarry House Porch Preservation/Restoration - $10,000
  • Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum - Porch Restoration - $5,000
  • The Sand Man Foundation - Dry Dock Maintenance and Repairs - $5.000
  • City of Lacey / Lacey Museum - Lacey Leader Photographs Preservation and Access Project, Phase IIB and IIC- $5,000
  • Gate Community Club - Roof Repair - $5,000
  • YWCA Olympia - YWCA Historic Preservation Project / Archive Project - $5,000

Contact Us

Cami Petersen, Land Use Clerk. Phone: 360-867-2117. Fax: 360-754-2939. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388  Email: cami.petersen@co.thurston.wa.us.  Address: Thurston County Historic Commission, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One, Second Floor, Olympia, WA 98502.


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