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, the program provides owners of designated Heritage Barns (or barns listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Washington Heritage Register) grants to assist with stabilization and rehabilitation projects designed for the long-term care and preservation of listed structures.
Help fund historic barns in 2021-2023!
In the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis, historic barns across Washington State and their owners need support now more than ever. In acknowledgment of this, the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) has requested $1 million in funding in the 2021-2023 state budget, approximately double the amount that has been provided for this program in the past.
As part of our state legislative advocacy, we will work across the coming months to advocate for continued funding for heritage barns and you can help! Learn more about our advocacy of this and other important capital grant programs (courthouses, cemeteries, historic theaters and Main Streets) and how you can help encourage Governor Inslee and your legislators to support them:
2019-2021 Heritage Barn Grants
The Heritage Barn Grant application period for the 2019-2021 biennium is closed. Pending continued funding from the Washington State Legislature for the 2021-2023 biennium, the next round of grants are anticipated to be initiated in the summer of 2021.
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.
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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