Seattle - Each year, through the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation provides grant funding to organizations across the state diligently working to preserve local historic resources.
Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, Cle Elum – $1,000 to paint the exterior of the Carpenter House Museum (1914). Points Northeast Historical Society, Browns Point – $1,000 to restore the Oil House at the Browns Point Lighthouse Park (1906). Ritzville Museum Volunteers, Ritzville – $1,000 to rebuild the side porch entry and replace sidewalk as needed on the Dr. South Pierce County Historical Society, Eatonville – $500 to relocate the historic Tofu House to a new site.

Tacoma Railcar Preservation Society, Fircrest – $1,000 to evaluate existing roof and install temporary shrink wrap in anticipation of future restoration of the Northern Pacific Dining Car #1663 (1910) housed at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount in Tacoma. Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia – $1,000 to design and fabricate new exhibits for the Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center (1964) at the Federation Forest State Park in Enumclaw as part of a larger building rehabilitation project. White Pass Country Historical Society, Packwood – $2,000 to restore and rehabilitate the exterior, including catwalks, siding, windows and painting, of the High Rock Fire Lookout (1929) located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Since 1998, the Fund has awarded 115 projects totaling almost $110,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. And though grant awards are modest, each year recipients report back to us, noting the important role funding plays in leveraging additional contributions, providing support, and ultimately achieving project goals.

Funding for the grant program is obtained from private donations to the Trust with the goal of providing a minimum of $10,000 in grant funding per year. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a statewide, tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976 to safeguard Washington's historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. Recipients of the 2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant awards were publicly announced on December 11 at the Washington Trust’s annual Holiday Benefit held at the Stimson-Green Mansion, their landmark headquarters.

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