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.
Apply for a Heritage Barn Grant
The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) has announced That applications to request funding through the Heritage Barn Grant Program are now available.
Historic agricultural structures listed in the Heritage Barn Register or the National Register of Historic Places and are in need of substantial repair are eligible to receive grant funds. Grant applications will be due Thursday, May 17, 2018, with grant awards to be announced in July 2018.
Please carefully review the Heritage Barn Initiative Grant Program Guidelines & Procedures before completing the grant application. To avoid technical problems with the grant form, please use Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat to view and complete it. You can download Adobe Reader for free here.
For questions about the grant program, please contact Jennifer Mortensen, Preservation Services Coordinator via email or at 206-624-9449.
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The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting free workshops throughout the state for anyone wishing to learn more about the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative and the grant process. Washington Trust staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the process for completing program documents. We are hosting workshops in a variety of cities across the state and will also record some of the workshops as webinars which can be accessed live online or afterwards as videos.
The Heritage Barn Grant Program is a program of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. Additional program information can be found on the DAHP website.
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