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Cultural equipment funding

Deadline: 5/17/2017

Cultural institutions depend on specialized equipment, such as stage lights and museum storage shelving, to operate effectively. 4Culture’s annual Cultural Equipment program supports the purchase of fixed assets by organizations or local government cultural agencies. Heritage, Arts, and Preservation organizations are eligible for Equipment funding separate from the regular Cultural Facilities program, as are local government agencies. In 2016, 162 organizations requested $1,119,338, and 64 projects received awards ranging from $1,000 to $ 9,000 for a total of $300,800. Because of the high demand for this funding program, all organizations that received funds in 2016 are being asked to sit out the 2017 program.


Landmarks Capital funding

Application deadline: 5/10/2017, 5 PM

4Culture’s Landmarks Capital program supports “bricks and mortar” projects that help preserve designated local landmarks all around King County. We fund design, materials, and labor for rehabilitation projects large and small. Eligible applicants include private owners, businesses, organizations, and local governments. Fundable projects will range from $3,000 to $30,000.

For more information, click here. Potential applicants are encouraged to schedule a site visit with 4Culture Preservation Lead Dana Phelan prior to applying – contact her at 206-263-1604 or You should also plan to visit a 4Culture funding workshop before applying. 


Community 4Culture

Rolling deadline, beginning 9/2016

Community 4Culture is a new grant program that aims to sustain an arts and cultural community reflective of King County’s diverse populations, and seeks to connect with groups and communities that 4Culture has not been reaching and that are currently under-supported. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to organizations and $10,000 to individuals.

To apply, contact Heidi Jackson at or 206-263-1616. She’ll ask you a few questions to ensure this funding program is right for you and link you up with an application and another staff person who can help you complete your application. Applications will be reviewed every three months beginning in September 2016.


Facility emergencies and opportunities

Deadline: ongoing

Building damage from a storm, fire, or imminent danger from structural failure are critical events that require a swift response. A chance to secure a great lease and renovate a space, or a chance to buy the perfect property also needs immediate action. Funds are set aside specifically for this program each year. Applicants go through rigorous scrutiny, and eligible projects are reviewed and acted upon in about 30 days.Non-profit organizations and public agencies. Email or call Debra Twersky to discuss your project. 206-205-8558. More information here


Open 4Culture

Deadline: ongoing

4Culture recognizes a need for an entry point into 4Culture’s funding opportunities. Open 4Culture provides awards of up to $1,500 for projects that are created by or for underserved communities of King County, and are not served by our other programs. Proposed projects must substantially include historic preservation or King County heritage and must offer an event or presentation that is open to the public. Eligibility: Individuals and organizations not currently part of 4Culture Sustained Support Program. E-mail or call Debra Twersky at 206-205-8558.



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $15. Organization memberships are $35. Join more than 150 individuals and organizations supporting heritage work and historic preservation in King County. For more information and an application form, visit


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We're awaiting the photos from the professional photog of AKCHO's Annual Awards event on Tuesday, but here are just a couple of pix from AKCHO's administrator in the meantime (pictured Richard Anderson, Northwest Railway Museum; Frederick Brown; Tom Ikeda, Densho). We had a great time, our host (Northwest African American Museum) was wonderful, our sponsors were generous, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert was a terrific emcee, and our Award recipients... well, mere words can't begin to describe their importance to our community. But we'll be posting lots of words on our website over the next couple of weeks anyway, so you can read all about our honorees. That'll be at
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