Preserving Heritage Barns
Since 2007, the legislature has allocated funding to provide owners of designated Heritage Barns with matching grants for the purpose of assisting with barn rehabilitation projects. Understanding that Heritage Barns constitute a public good in economic, social and historic terms, it was believed that a capital investment that works to retain these structures was warranted. Through the program, owners of designated Heritage Barns (or barns previously listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Washington Heritage Register) may apply for grants to assist with stabilization and rehabilitation projects designed for the long-term care and preservation of listed structures. All work must be implemented in a manner that is sensitive to and consistent with the historic nature of the building.
Since establishing the grant program, the Heritage Barn Advisory Committee has reviewed 392 applications and provided over $1.7M in matching grants to 83 barn rehabilitation projects statewide.
2019-2021 Heritage Barn Grants
In partnership with the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP), we are excited to announce that the Heritage Barn Grant application is now open! Funds may be requested for the stabilization and rehabilitation barns and other associated agricultural structures that are currently listed in either the Washington Heritage Barn Register or the National Register of Historic Places and are in need of substantial repair. The last deadline to be added to the Heritage Barn Register before the grant application due date is September 27. Please contact Michael Houser for more information about the Heritage Barn Register.
Heritage Barn Grant applications are due Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by 5:00pm. The application document, along with all necessary attachments, must be submitted both digitally and in hardcopy by the deadline. Please thoroughly read through the Guidelines document before beginning your application.
The Washington Trust is hosting several workshops throughout the state to provide additional information and give interested applicants the chance to ask questions. Although each workshop is two hours, the portion of each workshop about the Heritage Barn Grants will be from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
Can’t make it to a workshop? We’ve recorded an online version of the presentation you can check out!
For additional guidance, here is an example of a well organized, concise application from a previous year. Some identifying information has been removed for privacy, but the general intent of the project and application is intact. Please note that only the completed application are included – the applicant submitted a full set of attachments which are not provided here.
Have general questions about the Heritage Barn program? Start by checking out all the great info on our page of Frequently Asked Questions:
Assistance from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is available by phone, by email, through workshops, and occasionally site visits. Please contact Jennifer Mortensen at (206) 462-2999 or via email with questions.
The Heritage Barn Grant Program is a program of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP). Additional program information can be found on the DAHP website.
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