Heritage project grant now available


The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office has announced that 2018 Heritage Project Grant applications are now available. Eligible applicants include non-profits, organized community groups, public agencies and educational institutions. Applicants can apply for anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for their project. This is a matching grant with up to $40,000 in total awards being granted.

“Our goal with the Heritage Project Grant Program is to support projects that increase public awareness and access to Tacoma’s history,” said Historic Preservation Officer Reuben McKnight. “We look forward to seeing innovative and informative proposals.”

Funding can be used for a number of projects including exhibitions, workshops, events or educational activities, development and production of interpretive materials, professional services required to research a historical publication or register nomination, documentation of an artifact or historical site, a historic site assessment, conservation materials and, in some limited cases, capacity building for organizations with heritage as their primary mission. Activities receiving heritage funding may be one-time events, a small number of closely related events, or an ongoing program or neighborhood public history project.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free information session, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The session will be held Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, from 3 – 4:30 p.m., in Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, 2nd floor, room 243.

Immediately following the information session, the Historic Preservation Office will also announce the 2018 theme for Historic Preservation Month, which is held each May. The office will host a brief conversation for community partners to provide input on this year’s programs and to contribute events to the Historic Preservation Month calendar.

Applications are due Feb. 28. To find out more about the grant, or to download an application, go to cityoftacoma.org/HeritageGrant.

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