Seattle Historic Waterfront Grants

Seattle Historic Waterfront Grants

The Washington Trust is pleased to announce the release of the Seattle Historic Waterfront Grant application! This one-time grant opportunity will support either seismic retrofit planning or facade improvements for historic buildings along Seattle’s waterfront.

This grant program is funded by mitigation money set aside as a result of the need to replace the historic Alaskan Way Seawall which was built in 1934. The seawall was in danger of collapse in the event of a major earthquake and was replaced in 2017 in conjunction with the Alaskan Way Viaduct removal.


Grant Guidelines

The subject property must be an identified historic resource located within the Area of Potential Effects (APE), and properties that are historically designated will receive priority consideration.

Grant projects must contribute to the preservation of the property through “bricks-and-mortar” facade improvements or seismic retrofitting design and planning; all proposed projects must comply with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Each applicant is permitted to request up to $25,000 in grant funds and must match at least 50% of the grant amount requested by contributing cash and/or donated labor or materials to the project. Grant funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis only.

Seattle Historic Waterfront Grant applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Historic/Community Significance of Resource (20%)
  • Degree of Project Urgency (20%)
  • Project Adherence to Secretary of the Interior’s Standards (20%)
  • Project/Applicant Readiness (10%)
  • Level of Community/Visual Impact (10%)
  • General Quality/Completeness of Application (10%)
  • City of Seattle Landmark or National Register listed (or contributing in a district) (10%)

For more information, please download a copy of the grant application:

Download Application

Application deadline: October 21, 2020

Questions? Please contact the grant administrator, Jennifer Mortensen via email.


Grant Workshop

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting a virtual workshop on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 to explain the grant requirements, go over the application document, and answer questions. Those who wish to attend live must register at the link below. A recorded version of the workshop will be made available afterward for those unable to attend.

Seattle Historic Waterfront Grant Virtual Workshop
July 14, 2020 • 12:00pm-1:00pm

Register Here


Application Submission

Applicants are required to submit both hardcopy and digital versions of their grant application and related materials by the deadline, Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Hardcopy/physical materials should include a Printed grant application with original signatures and copies of all applicable attachments, excluding images. Digital materials should include a digital/fillable copy of grant application (signatures on this copy not required), digital copies/scans of all applicable attachments, high-resolution digital images, and an image captions document.

All hardcopy materials must be postmarked or received in person by the deadline at:

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
c/o Jennifer Mortensen
1204 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

All digital materials must be uploaded here by midnight of the deadline:

Upload digital materials