Community Heritage Program grant applications available

 

Snohomish County Heritage Preservation Program now Accepting Applications for 2014 projects
“Preserving the past, building the future”

Snohomish County is currently accepting applications from public and nonprofit agencies for projects that develop and promote heritage preservation in the county. By providing matching funds on a competitive basis, the Community Heritage Program supports projects that promote the public’s access to county history. Funding is available for professional development, public education, capital improvements or collections management.

Money is awarded from recording fees collected by the Snohomish County Auditor. The allocation of these fees for projects that “promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents” is authorized under RCW 36.22.170. The revenues accrue to a dedicated fund and may not be used for any purposes other than those stipulated in the RCW.
As has been done in the past, the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission will review applications and make recommendations to the Snohomish County Executive and County Council for final approval.

Previous awards have been used to create a cyber-tour of heritage landmarks, purchase archival materials for storing museum artifacts and the digitalization of brittle newspaper collections.
Funds will be available beginning in June and will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who can complete their proposed projects by Dec. 15, 2014. Funds are REINBURSED FOR APPROVED PROJECT COSTS ONLY. Historically, project allocations have averaged about $3,500.

Details of eligibility and other program requirements are included in the application package, which must be filled out and returned to the Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Development by 5 p.m. Monday, April 7. Applications received after that time and date will not be considered.

Applications are available by contacting the Office of Economic Development at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S #411, Everett, WA, 98201.
For more information on the program, contact Wendy Becker at 425-388-3186 or wendy.becker at snoco.org.

2013 recipients were:

  • Edmonds South Snohomish County Historical Society (website and 40th anniversary program funding)
  • Historylink.org  ($1300 funded 8 new Snohomish County files)
  • Marysville Historical Society (newspaper digitization)
  • Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Assn/Museum (newspaper digitization of the Arlington Times)
  • Stillaguamisih Valley Genealogical Society (website upgrade with added informational content)
  • Monroe Historical Society (newspaper digitization)
  • City of Bothell

 

Volunteer Recruitment Workshop success!

Many Thanks to Michelle Morris of the United Way of Snohomish Countyfor her excellent Volunteer Recruitment Workshop. We received many practical ideas in a short amount of time and want to publicly thank the United Way of Snohomish County for providing this valuable service to our heritage community groups as well as the hundreds of other programming and community services.

Michelle Morris at the head of the class - "Volunteer Recruitment Workshop"

Michelle Morris at the head of the class – “Volunteer Recruitment Workshop” sponsored by the League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations for our local volunteer historical societies.

I also want to thank the Hibulb Cultural Center for their great classroom space, not to mention the opportunity to wander through this wonderful facility, seeing the longhouse, canoes, exhibits, and library.

Karen Prasse
President
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations

 

Community Heritage Grant recipients for 2012

To help us with planning next year’s heritage organizations budgets here are the recipients of the 2012 Community Heritage Grants that provide matching funds (via reimbursement) for:

Professional development – for activities that enhance the capabilities of the board, staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations to collect, preserve and interpret history in Snohomish County.

Public education – for activities that incorporate county history into the educational infrastructure and the general public discourse.

Capital – for assist an agency in meeting urgent health, safety and welfare needs that preserve its facility assets and enhance service to the public.

Collections management – for support for projects that assist non-profit organizations to effectively execute their stewardship obligations for their collections.

Announcing – Snohomish County Heritage Day and Malstrom Award Luncheon

Save the Date –Saturday March 17th, 2012
9 am – 3 pm
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center   27130 102nd Ave NW    Stanwood WA

The League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations Board has decided to expand its traditional Malstrom Awards Luncheon to include more opportunities for sharing ideas on history projects in and around Snohomish County. Volunteers, staff, board members, docents of our local heritage groups are invited to participate in several workshops and meetings for heritage organizations.  The workshops are designed as refreshers and to do some brainstorming on new ideas for historic preservation, exhibits, programming, education and school projects, genealogy and collections management.

Topics of the workshops include sponsorships/fund- raising, “High Tech History from Granite Falls, school programs (history day), historic preservation, mobile museums, exhibits, Snohomish County Mapping Project, volunteer recruitment, working with Past Perfect and collection management.
Heritage groups and individuals are invited to bring tabletop displays of recent projects and publications to sell.  Tables will be available around the perimeter of the main hall so all who attend will have a chance to converse informally with each other.

There is sure to be more than one topic here of interest to board members, staff, researchers, writers, volunteers and docents of our heritage groups of Snohomish County and surrounding counties. Details and registration information are now posted here.

Special thanks to the Stanwood Area Historical Society for hosting this event at their wonderful historic buildings – the D. O. Pearson House, the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center (former Public Hall) and History Museum.

Special note:
The League Board Annual Meeting for Board member elections will be held January 9th 2012 at10 am. All League members and more than one representative from each group are encouraged to join us at this meeting also in Stanwood at the Floyd. Nominations are open for new League Board members.

The Malstrom Award Nominations for projects completed in 2011 will be due Friday January 20th, 2012.

Community Heritage Grant Program

Snohomish County’s Community Heritage Program is currently accepting applications from public and nonprofit agencies for projects that develop and promote heritage preservation in the county.  Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 4, 2011

By providing matching funds on a competitive basis, the Community Heritage Program supports projects that promote the public’s access to county history. Funding is available for professional development, public education, capital improvements or collections enhancement by application for Heritage Grant (pdf).
Grant Guidelines (pdf)