Barn preservation funds available in 2017; attend grant application workshop March 3 in Carnation

  • Friday, February 24, 2017 7:30am
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King County’s Historic Preservation Program will award up to $250,000 in the second round of its “Barn Again” historic barn preservation grant program.

Applications are now being accepted for projects that stabilize and extend the useful life of historic barns and other agricultural structures.

The “Barn Again” program was re-launched in 2016 as part of King County and 4Culture’s Building for Culture Initiative, which leveraged early payoff of Kingdome debt to provide funding for cultural facilities and historic properties throughout the county.

The first round of grants, completed last year, provided a total of $235,000 to nine qualifying projects.

Six barns, three milk houses, one milking parlor, and one chicken house in King County’s eastern and southern rural areas were awarded funding. Projects funded in 2016 included repairs to windows and electrical systems, structural upgrades, new foundations and new roofs. Twenty-two grant applications were received and the total amount of funding requested for projects was just short of $1 million.

To be eligible for funding, barns and outbuildings must convey their historic character, be more than 40 years old, in King County and need substantial repair.

Grant awards are anticipated to be in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 for projects that extend the life of the building and retain historic features.

The 2017 grant guidelines and application forms are online at www.kingcounty.gov/barnagain.

Applications are due April 21.

A free workshop for interested barn owners to learn more about the application process, will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 3, at Carnation Library, 4804 Tolt Ave, Carnation.

For more information, contact todd.scott@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-4545.

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