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Landmarks capital grants

Application deadline: 5/9/2018, 5 PM

Whether you are an individual owner or you represent an organization, if you are the steward of a designated historic landmark property in King County and are working to rehabilitate it, you should consider applying for a Landmarks Capital grant.

The entire community benefits when we make our historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes a priority. Large and small, urban and rural—the Landmarks Capital program supports the bricks-and-mortar projects that contribute to our region’s identity.

Learn more about this funding opportunity here, and plan to attend one of these  upcoming workshops to get feedback in advance of submitting your application:

  • March 28, 12-1 PM – 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle
  • April 4, 12-1 PM – Renton Library, 100 Mill Avenue S, Renton
  • April 5, 6:30-7:30 PM – 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle
  • April 10, 12-1 PM – Kenmore Library, 6531 NE 181st Street, Kenmore
  • April 12, 12-1 PM – Carnation Library, 4804 Tolt Avenue, Carnation
  • April 18, 12-1 PM – 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle
  • April 19, 12-1 PM – Federal Way Library, 34200 1st Way S, Federal Way
  • April 25, 12-1 PM – 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle


Cultural equipment grants

Application deadline: 5/16/2018

Cultural Equipment grants fund the purchase and installation of equipment that can be considered as fixed assets, including computer hardware. We award these grants in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, and projects often receive partial funding.

Find more details here.

Also, plan to attend one of the following workshops:

  • March 27, 12:30 PM – Historical Society of Federal Way, 2645 S 312th Street, Federal Way
  • March 28, 1 PM – 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle
  • April 3, 7 PM – location TBD
  • April 5, 6:30 PM – 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle
  • April 9, Noon – Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond
  • April 17, Noon – Shoreline Historical Museum, 18501 Linden Avenue N, Shoreline
  • April 23, 2 PM – Newport Way Library, 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue
  • May 3, 6:30 PM – 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle


T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants


If you have an idea for a workshop, lecture, skill-building session, or program that will bring needed information, skills, inspiration, practices, or approaches into the King County heritage field? These funds can help you develop, promote, and execute professional development opportunities.

Click here for more information.


Opportunity for costume collections in need of professional attention

Angels Project volunteers working last year at the Lincoln County Historical Association Museum in Maine. Photo courtesy of Connie Frisbee Houde.

Costume Society of America
Application deadline: 7/1/2018

In 2019, the Costume Society of America will hold its national meeting at the Westin Seattle Hotel from April 15-22, and as a service project the organization will be offering its professional expertise to an institution that has a tangible costume collection and is located within a 45 minute drive of downtown Seattle. The CSA’s Angels Project has been in operation for 13 years, and you can learn more about some of the previous projects here

The CSA is a professional organization that advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance and works to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of dress. The CSA Angels Project is a one-day service event held near the site of the organization’s national symposium. In the Seattle area, the Angels Project will take place on April 16, 2019. During the event, CSA members provide conservation, storage and curatorial assistance to a tangible costume collection at a small institution. In addition, training in collections care is given to staff and volunteers. 

This golden opportunity will be awarded to one qualified small museum, historic home or other suitable site in the Seattle area. To be considered, an institution must submit a grant application by July 1, 2018.

The most popular format chosen by previously chosen site’s staff for their Angels Project has been to process costume, textiles and/or accessories for storage. The artifacts are photographed, vacuumed, labeled, artifact descriptions written, and objects rehoused for storage but other projects needed by the institution can be undertaken. In 2008 CSA Angels worked at Jackson Barracks Military Museum in the lower ninth ward, New Orleans, Louisiana where the physical building of the museum had been swept away by the power surge after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. After the power surge all of the clothing artifacts were found outdoors in the mud. Angels cleaned hundreds of items, started new documentation including photography, created padded hangers, built temporary hanging storage and completed simple textile conservation treatments. In 2014 at another site mannequins were altered to fit costumes slated for exhibition while in Cleveland during 2016 textile conservators guided other Angels to treat fur garments which had a mold problem. Each workday is designed by the site staff and the Angels Project leadership to meet the needs of the institution.

The CSA Angels Project also works to provide storage supplies, other supplies and equipment for the chosen site. The Angels Project contacts museum supply businesses requesting donations needed by the location and companies have been very responsive. After it is determined what goods have been given, the Angels Project purchases some other needed supplies and equipment. All is sent to the institution at no cost to the site. Vacuum cleaners, cameras, shelving, safes, exhibition supplies, heaters have been purchased and provided at different years as requested by the institution.

To learn more about the CSA and to apply for the Angels Project opportunity, click here and scroll down to the bottom of that page to find the 2019 application.) Questions can be directed to Martha Winslow Grimm, Costume and Textile Conservator and Co-chair of the 2019 Angels Project at or 602-996-1296. 



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