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 availability 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. Any cemetery within the state of Washington that contains 5 or more burials, with at least one burial more than 50 years old, is eligible for this grant program.
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.
Raise your voice
In the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis, historic places across Washington State— including our final resting grounds and the organizations that maintain them— need support now more than ever. In acknowledgment of this, the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) has requested $515,000 in funding in the 2021-2023 state budget to continue the Historic Cemetery Preservation Capital Grant Program. With over 1,700 known cemeteries in Washington, grant requests have more than tripled the available funding over the past two grant cycles and the need for funds to maintain our resting places remains high. The Washington Trust is in strong support of DAHP’s request and will work across the coming months to advocate for continued funding for this important program.
If you care for our state’s historic cemeteries and want to see this grant program continue, you can help us advocate for its renewed funding! Learn more about our advocacy of this and other important capital grant programs (courthouses, barns, historic theaters and Main Streets) and how you can help encourage Governor Inslee and your legislators to support them:
The call for applications for 2019-2021 biennium funding has closed. You can sign up using the link below to receive updates about future funding opportunities if they become available.
Assistance from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is available by phone, by email, through workshops or travel and occasionally site visits. Please contact Alex Gradwohl at (206) 735-3932 or via email with questions.