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
On April 28, the Washington State Legislature approved the 2019-2021 state budget, and we are thrilled that it included continued funding for the Heritage Barn Grant Program. The Washington Trust will be submitting a proposal to the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation to again manage the program for the 2019-2021 biennium.
Meanwhile, owners interested in applying for a Heritage Barn Grant should make sure their barn or agricultural structure is listed on the Heritage Barn Register or the National Register of Historic Places.
Have questions about the Heritage Barn program? Start by checking out all the great info on our page of Frequently Asked Questions:
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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