In spring of 2005, the Washington State Legislature established the Historic County Courthouse Rehabilitation Grant program. Based on findings from a statewide survey undertaken in 2003, 33 of the state’s 39 counties were found to possess courthouses of historic and architectural merit. Additionally, the study estimated over $90 million in needed capital improvements to these structures. To address this need, the Washington State Legislature has allocated over $17 million from the state capital budget since the 2005-07 biennium. Through eight funding rounds since the program’s establishment, fifty-six (56) grants have been awarded to twenty-six counties statewide. Grant funds have worked to leverage local funding resulting in nearly $45 million in total rehabilitation work to selected courthouses.
The Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation along with the Courthouse Grant Program Steering Committee is seeking grant applications for the 2017-2019 biennium. Projects should focus on rehabilitating character-defining features of courthouses while also addressing needs such as energy efficiency, life safety, and improvements to access. The Courthouse Steering Committee will review all applications received, prioritizing them based on the degree each meets the program criteria. Distribution of grant awards will be contingent on program funds being allocated in the 2017-2019 Capital Budget.
Grant funding assists county governments in rehabilitating their historic county courthouses. Together with matching funds raised locally, this money will foster economic development in numerous communities while working to preserve public buildings vital to the architectural and cultural heritage of Washington.
To receive funding, all rehabilitation work must meet historic preservation standards known as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. For more information about these preservation standards, visit the following website address: www.cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/standguide/rehab/rehab_index.htm.
For more information on the program, consultation on completing the application, and general inquiries, please contact Chris Moore, Executive Director with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, at (206) 624-9449 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Adams County||Asotin County|
|Benton County||Chelan County|
|Clallam County, 2009, 2012 grant||Clark County, 2011, 2012 grant|
|Columbia County, 2006 & 2011 grant||Cowlitz County, 2005 grant|
|Douglas County, 2005 & 2009 grant||Ferry County, 2005 & 2007 grant|
|Franklin County, 2005 grant||Garfield County, 2009 grant|
|Grant County||Grays Harbor County|
|Island County||Jefferson County, 2005 & 2009 grant|
|King County, 2007 grant||Kitsap County|
|Kittitas County||Klickitat County, 2009, 11 & 12 grant|
|Lewis County, 2005 & 2009 grant||Lincoln County|
|Mason County, 2007, 2011 grant||Okanogan County|
|Pacific County, 2005 & 2007 grant||Pend Oreille County, 2006, 2012 grant|
|Pierce County||San Juan County, 2005 & 2007 grant|
|Skagit County, 2007 grant||Skamania County|
|Snohomish County, 2006 & 2009 grant||Spokane County, 2007, 09 & 11 grant|
|Stevens County, 2005, 07 & 11 grant||Thurston County|
|Wahkiakum County, 2007 grant||Walla Walla County, 2006 grant|
|Whatcom County||Whitman County|