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Historic Cemetery Grant Program

For more information contact:

WA Trust for Historic Preservation
(206) 462-2999



The Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, together with the Governor’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Cemetery Advisory Committee, are pleased to announce the first round of grant funds through the Historic Cemetery Preservation Capital Grant Program. Established in 2016 with the enactment of House Bill 2637, the capital grant program is intended to benefit the public by preserving outstanding examples of the state’s historical heritage, enabling historic cemeteries to continue to serve their communities, and honoring the military veterans buried within them.

Cemetery, RoslynThe Historic Cemetery Preservation Capital Grant Program is a program of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP). Management of the grant portion of the program is provided by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation under contract with DAHP. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is Washington’s only statewide non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to historic preservation.

Approximately $450,000 in grant funds is available in the 2019-2021 Biennium.  Cemetery owners with questions about the grant program are encouraged to contact Alex Gradwohl at (206) 462-2999 or via email at The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has been contracted out to manage the grant portion of the Historic Cemetery Grant Program.


Cemetery Grant Documents

  • Cemetery Grant Application & Guidebook/Procedures - So sorry the grant cycle for this round has passed.
  • Cemetery Grant Budget Sheet
  • Example application - Example of a well organized, concise application for guidance. Some identifying information has been removed for privacy, but the general intent of the project and application is intact. Please note that only the completed application and budget are included. The applicant submitted a full set of attachments which are not provided

Legislative Documents