Historic Cemetery Grant Program

Historic Cemetery Grant Program

Historic Cemetery Grant Program

Preserving Historic Cemeteries

The Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, together with the Governor’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Cemetery Advisory Committee, are pleased to announce the first round of grant funds through the Historic Cemetery Preservation Capital Grant Program. Established in 2016 with the enactment of House Bill 2637, the capital grant program is intended to benefit the public by preserving outstanding examples of the state’s historical heritage, enabling historic cemeteries to continue to serve their communities, and honoring the military veterans buried within them.

The Historic Cemetery Preservation Capital Grant Program is a program of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP). Management of the grant portion of the program is provided by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation under contract with DAHP. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is Washington’s only statewide non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to historic preservation.


2019-2021 Application Materials

We are pleased to announce that approximately $450,000 is available for another round of Historic Cemetery Preservation Grants. Read the full press release and list of workshop dates. The application is due October 23, 2019 and available for download as a fillable PDF below. The budget worksheet is a separate excel document. Please read through the Guidelines & Procedures before beginning your application.

Guidelines, Procedures & Application               Budget Worksheet

Submit Digital Application

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 and budget are included. The applicant submitted a full set of attachments which are not provided.


Assistance from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is available by phone, by email, through workshops or travel and occasionally site visits. Please contact Julianne Patterson at (206) 535-1044 or via email with questions.


Want to join our Cemetery Preservation Program email list? Follow the link below to sign up:

Cemetery Program Email Signup