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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.

2022 Thurston County Heritage Grant ProgramNaumann House in Tumwater

2022 Heritage Grant Applications will be accepted August 10, 2021 through September 22, 2021.

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.
        PDF version
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  • Heritage Grant Program Contract: Applicants who receive a grant award will sign a contract.
  • 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 2022 is September 22, 2021 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

2021 Heritage Grant Application Summary

Awards Granted for 2021

The Thurston County Historic Commission received and ranked nine applications. All nine projects were awarded various amounts of grant funding for 2021 as listed below

  • Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum- Stair Replacement- $5,000
  • City of Lacey-Lacey Leader Photographs Preservation & Access Project - $5,000
  • Gate Community Club– Project Completion- $5,000
  • South Thurston County Historical Society- Tenino Depot Museum document collection and elder interview project $5,000
  • City of Tenino – Restoration of former NWRR Caboose as a living history exhibit $5,000
  • Olympia Arts & Heritage Alliance- The project is to install an interpretative panel on East Bay Drive recognizing the significance of "Howard Point,"- $5,000
  • Olympia Tumwater Foundation – Sandstone sculpture of Olympia Brewing Company horseshoe logo at Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls- $5,000
  • Rachel Corrie Foundation for Justice and Peace- Walls Tell Stories. A project that will create two multi-media self-guided downtown walking tours- $5,000
  • Tenino VFW Post 5758 – To re-establish the "Honor Roll Plaque"- $5,000

Contact Us

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


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