How to Apply

The Valerie Sivinski Fund is a program that provides grants up to $2,000 to organizations and community groups engaged in historic preservation around our state. The goal of the fund is to provide small yet meaningful amounts of money to help support historic preservation where it really happens: at the community level.

Applications for the 2020 Valerie Sivinski Fund awards were due October 15, 2019. Award winners were announced at the Washington Trust’s annual Sivinski Holiday Benefit, on December 3, 2019 at the Stimson Green Mansion in Seattle. The next application round is anticipated to begin summer of 2020.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants for Valerie Sivinski Fund grants are required to become members of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (at the non-profit level or above) if they are not already current members. In addition, grant recipients must remain as members in good standing until the time of project completion. Applicants must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Incorporated non-profit organizations
  • Unincorporated citizens groups/advocacy groups
  • Most Endangered Places property owners
  • Public agencies/school districts/civic organizations
  • Religious organizations

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Valerie Sivinski Fund grants prioritize support for “bricks and mortar” projects that go toward the preservation of a specific property. Eligible projects must include costs attributable to the purchase of materials or services directly related to the historic preservation of a specific resource. Grant funds may be used to:

  • Preserve/rehabilitate a specific historic resource*
  • Hire professional expertise for the production of as-built drawings, a historic structures report (HSR), or a feasibility study for the rehabilitation/adaptive use of a historic resource
  • Organize a group to preserve or advocate for preservation of a specific historic resource
  • Promote preservation of a specific historic resource

* Priority goes to projects that involve the material preservation of a historic resource. 

Grant Guidelines

General operating expenses and expenses incurred prior to the award date are not eligible for inclusion in a grant request.

There is no limit to how often an individual organization may apply, but grant funding will not be approved to the same organization more often than once every two years.

Funds will be awarded to applicants only upon proof of work being accomplished via the Sivinski Grant Completion Report. Special conditions for early or one-half disbursement of grant funds will be considered only in extenuating circumstances.

Grant projects should be completed within one year of the award date. If additional time is needed, grant awardees are required to notify the Washington Trust in writing and provide a status report; otherwise grant funds will be forfeited.

Application Process

To apply, you must fill out our online form at the button below. To assist in preparing your application, you may download a PDF of a blank application, but final grant applications must be submitted online via the form linked at the button below. The application requests the following:

  • General information about the historic resource, including its historic significance.
  • Sponsoring organization contact person and contact information.
  • A project description, including overall goals for the project as well as details about how Sivinski funds will be used.
  • A project budget and timeline, with itemized expenses, including committed and non-committed sources of funding, and estimated completion dates for each project element.
  • Digital photographs illustrating the historic resource. Please include 4-6 images illustrating the entire building/structure along with an additional 4-6 images of the specific project area for which grant funds are being requested. If available, please also include historic photos.
  • Supporting documentation. Organizational documents; architectural drawings, construction plans, or elevations for the project; and letters of support (2 maximum) from endorsing organizations or individuals.
  • Current membership in the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; join or renew here.

Note: Grant recipients must remain members in good standing until the time of project completion. If the project takes more than one year to complete, grant recipients must renew as members of the Washington Trust before grant funds will be distributed.

Please note that all applications and attachments must be submitted digitally through the form at the button below. Applicants will have the opportunity to save their online application and continue later if they are unable to complete it in one sitting. If you select the “save and continue later” option, make sure to save the link the form gives you so you can access your application again. 

Grant applications for 2020 have closed.

The 2020 Sivinski Fund awards will be announced December 3, 2019 at the Washington Trust’s annual Sivinski Holiday Benefit.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Mortensen by email or by calling 206-462-2999.