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), the Washington Trust is proud to manage the Heritage Barn Grant program. 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.
Barns must be listed on the Heritage Barn Register to be eligible to apply for a rehabilitation grant. Please contact Michael Houser or visit the DAHP website for more information about the Heritage Barn Register.
The Heritage Barn Grant application period for the 2019-2021 biennium is closed. Pending continued funding from the Washington State Legislature, the next round of grants are anticipated to be initiated in the summer of 2021.
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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