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Heritage Grant Program


The Thurston County Heritage Grant Program provides resources to assist in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Thurston County’s heritage.  On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, the Thurston County Historic Commission administers the Thurston County Heritage Grant Program  to assist projects that promote the public’s access to County history.

The program is funded with a portion of document recording fees collected by the Thurston County Auditor.  The allocation of these fees for projects that “promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents” is authorized under RCW 36.22.170.  The revenues accrue to a dedicated fund and may not be used for any purposes other than those stipulated in the statute.

2021 Thurston County Heritage Grant ProgramNaumann House in Tumwater

2021 Heritage Grant Applications will be accepted September 18, 2020 through November 02, 2020.

How to apply:

  • Grant Program Guidelines: Review the Guidelines for information on eligibility, application process, review process and additional helpful information
  • Application Form: The form may be filled out online or printed and filled out by hand.  Download the latest Adobe Reader to allow you to save information you have typed into the form.
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  • Heritage Grant Program Contract: Applicants who receive a grant award will sign a contract.
  • Submit the following:
    • ONE signed original and 5 copies.  If support materials are needed (as described on page one of the application form), submit one original and 5 copies.
    • The application deadline for 2021 is November 02, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Building Development Center by this date.  The Building Development Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
    • Mail / deliver application packets to:

      Thurston County Heritage Grant Program
      Building One, Second Floor, Building Development Center
      2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
      Olympia, WA 98502-1045

2020 Heritage Grant Application Summary

Awards Granted for 2020

The Thurston County Historic Commission received and ranked nine applications through Two Phases of applications for 2020 historic preservation grants. Nine projects were awarded various amounts of grant funding for 2020 as listed below

  • City of Tenino- Caboose Restoration- $10,000
  • South Thurston County Historical Society-Tenino Depot Museum Document Collection and Elder Interview Project- $5,000
  • Northwest Playwrights Alliance- Hotel Olympian 100th Anniversary Birthday Bash- $4,968
  • City of Tumwater- Crosby House Structural Assessment- $8,696
  • City of Lacey/Lacey Museum- Lacey Leader Preservation & Access Project- $10,000
  • Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum- Bigelow House Shed- $10,000
  • Olympia Tumwater Foundation- Public Access to Historic Images- $5,000
  • Sand Man Foundation- 2020 Dry Dock- $10,000
  • Window Seat Media- The Third Thirdy: Honoring and Amplifying the Voices of our Elders- $9,600

Contact Us

Sonja Cady, Land Use Clerk. Phone: 360-867-2117. Fax: 360-754-2939. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388  Email: sonja.cady@co.thurston.wa.us.  Address: Thurston County Historic Commission, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One, Second Floor, Olympia, WA 98502.


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