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Heritage Project Grant Program

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The 2018 Heritage Grant Program is intended to support projects that increase public awareness and access to Tacoma’s history.

Funding can be used for a number of activities, including:

  • Exhibitions, workshops, events or educational activities
  • Development and production of interpretive materials
  • Professional services required to research a historical publication or register nomination 
  • Documentation of an artifact or historical site,
  • A historic site assessment, conservation materials, and, in some limited cases, capacity building for organizations with heritage as their primary mission

Funding for Heritage Projects is determined through a competitive application process, and funding from year to year is not guaranteed. Contract awards will be based on budgetary factors and the evaluation criteria detailed on the guidelines form.

 

Important Dates

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will host a free application workshop. All applicants are strongly encouraged to send a representative to the workshop.

 

Workshop: January 11, 2018, 3-4:30 PM 

Location: Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, Room 243

 

Deadline: February 28, 2018, 5 PM (or postmark)

 

Notification: May 18, 2018

 

Past Award Recipients

In 2016, the Landmarks Preservation Commission awarded $50,000 in Heritage Project Grant funding to the following eight Tacoma organizations:

  • Fort Nisqually Foundation: Awarded $3,900 for the “Saving Fort Nisqually” exhibit that illustrates the significance of the preservation and relocation of the Fort’s historic buildings.
  • Job Carr Cabin Museum: Awarded $1,250 for the annual Pioneer Days Festival, which highlights Job Carr and Tacoma’s pioneer history.
  • Buffalo Soldiers Museum: Awarded $5,000 for the “Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future” event to increase awareness of the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen, as well as honor Pierce County’s military history. 
  • Urban Grace Church: Awarded $4,050 for a Historic Structures Report, by Artifacts Consulting, to guide future upgrades and maintenance decisions.
  • Tacoma Historical Society: Awarded $14,737 for the development and installation of three exhibits: “Mapping Tacoma,” “Tacoma’s Dry Goods and Wet Goods: Nineteenth Century Jewish Pioneers,” and “City of Creation”— and a companion book on Tacoma’s Jewish history.
  • Northwest Leadership Foundation: Awarded $5,176 for the development of the “Tacoma Back Stage Pass”, a bus tour of historical sites related to social justice in Tacoma. 
  • Foss Waterway Seaport: Awarded $13,887 for the development and installation of new exhibit, “First Navigators: Native Americans of the South Sound Waterfront,” focusing on the life of the Puyallup People along the waterfront.
  • Shanaman Sports Museum: Awarded $2,000 for the transferring of archival material into an online Sports Museum Flipbook. 

Program Details

Eligibility

Applicants must have their offices or primary location of activities within the Tacoma city limits. The following organizations are eligible for the Heritage Grant Program:

  • Private non-profits with any 501(c) designation.
  • Organized group of community volunteers (for example, a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license, and organizational bank account.) Submissions must come from an organization.
  • Public agencies and educational institutions.

 

Eligible Projects

In general, projects must be related to the history of Tacoma or Tacoma’s cultural or historic resources, be located within Tacoma City Limits, and be accessible to all audiences.

 

Criteria

  • Historic importance or significance of the subject matter (10 pts)
  • Level of community impact (10 pts)
  • General quality of the proposal (5 pts)
  • Organizational commitment to history and heritage (5 pts)
  • Demonstrated ability to execute and complete the project (5 pts)

 

Funding Details

  • Applicants can apply for anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for their project. Actual amounts will be based upon the availability of funds and review of each application as measured against the evaluation criteria detailed in these guidelines. 
  • Applicants must employ a variety of revenue sources to fund their project.
  • Applicant must match Heritage Projects funding at least 1:1 with other sources of cash or in-kind support. Taxing authorities, schools, and school-based auxiliary organizations must match Heritage Projects funding at least 1:1 with other sources of cash.
  • A broad funding base indicates both community support for, and the financial stability of, the project and organization. 
  • Money will be reimbursed to the applicant following the execution of a contract for services to the City and the completion of the funded project per the contract terms. Recipients (contractors) must be prepared to cover the costs of the program until that time.

 

Information, Questions and Comments

Lauren Hoogkamer

Historic Preservation Coordinator

Email

(253) 591-5254

Application Form

2018 Heritage Project Grant Guidelines and Application (PDF)

2018 Heritage Project Grant Guidelines and Application (Word)