Valerie Sivinski Fund Historic Preservation Grant

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Deadline: 10/16/2022, 11:59 PM

The Valerie Sivinski Fund is an annual program of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation that provides grants of up to $2,000 to organizations engaged in historic preservation around Washington State. The goal of the Fund is to support historic preservation where it really happens: at the community level. The Washington Trust is pleased to announce that the application for the 2023 round of Sivinski Fund grants is now open.

Established in 1997, the Sivinski Fund has awarded grants to 175 projects totaling over $210,000 worth of funding and services to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. Historic places not only represent our history but are part of our collective cultural identity. Preserving historic places allows communities to build a future on that meaningful identity and the valuable historic resources already at hand. Historic resources contribute to vibrant communities and architectural diversity.

“Historic preservation comes in many forms,” said Huy Pham, Preservation Programs Director for the Washington Trust. “Through the Valerie Sivinski Fund, we are able to support a wide variety of preservation efforts whether they feature traditional bricks-and-mortar repairs, historic research towards landmark designation, designing interpretative panels, or even developing digital media or print materials towards a place-based cause. We get excited every year to see how the grant program can enable local communities to start (or finish) their preservation projects in both strong and creative ways.”

Projects that include costs directly related to physical materials and preservation are preferred, but grant funds may also be used to hire preservation professionals or organize preservation advocacy efforts for a specific historic resource. Applications must be submitted by an organized group such as an incorporated non-profit, an unincorporated citizens’ or advocacy group, a public agency or civic organization, or a religious organization. Applicants for Sivinski Fund grants are required to become members of the Washington Trust (at the non-profit level or above) if they are not already current members.

The online application form, along with all program details, can be accessed on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at preservewa.org/sivinski. The application process is entirely online, and must be submitted by midnight on October 16, 2022. Award recipients will be announced at the Washington Trust’s annual Sivinski Holiday Benefit in December.

Please contact Huy Pham at 206-462-2999 or via email at  for more information.

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