Applications available for barn rehabilitation funds

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Applications through the Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation's heritage barn rehabilitation grant program are now available.

Part of the state's Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative established in 2007, the grant program assists with rehabilitation projects designed to stabilize and preserve designated heritage barns across the state.

Last year, the program provided grant assistance to 19 such structures throughout Washington. "Seeing these important agricultural buildings brought back to viability through the grant program has been a tremendous experience," said Jerri Honeyford, chair of the advisory committee that oversees the initiative. "Without the vital funding provided through the grant program, many of these structures would be lost forever."

Rehabilitation grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Criteria for funding include the historical significance of the barn, urgency of needed repairs, and provision for long-term preservation. Priority is given to barns that remain in agricultural use.

Historic agricultural structures listed in the Heritage Barn Register, the Washington Heritage Register or the National Register of Historic Places are eligible to apply for grant funds. To be eligible for listing in the Heritage Barn Register, barns must be more than 50 years old and retain a significant degree of historic integrity. All nomination and application materials can be downloaded at www.dahp.wa.gov. For more information contact Chris Moore at 206-624-9449 or cmoore@wa-trust.org. Grant applications are due Nov. 4.

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