Historic barn rehabilitation grants available

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The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation has applications available for Heritage Barn Rehabilitation grants.

Grants assist rehabilitation projects designed to stabilize and preserve designated heritage barns across the state. Applications are due on Oct. 17 and grants are to be announced in early December.

Grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Among criteria are the historical significance of the barn, urgency of needed repairs and provisions for long-term preservation. Priority is given to barns that remain in agricultural use.

There are 457 designated heritage barns statewide, officials say. 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.

Heritage Barn registery nomination forms and rehabilitation grant program applications can be downloaded at www.dahp.wa.gov. For more information contact Chris Moore at 206-624-9449 or via email at cmoore@preservewa.org.

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