Snohomish County Office of Economic DevelopmentSnohomish County Heritage Preservation Grant Program Now Accepting ApplicationsEVERETT, Wash., January 22, 2016—Today, Snohomish County’s Office of economic development announced that it 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. “Thanks to the Snohomish County’s heritage grant, the interior of the historic Startup Gym will be saved and the building put back into community service. Without the grant to repair the roof, the rain would still be coming inside. This support has inspired others to believe in the value of this project and donate matching resources! We are truly grateful!” said Debbie Copple, Project Manager for the Sky Valley Arts Council.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. Previous grant awards have been used to repair moisture damage to the front entry and crew quarters of the Mukilteo Lighthouse and a total roof replacement of the historic Startup Gym in Sultan, WA. Other funds have been awarded for the purchase of archival materials for storing museum artifacts and the digitization of brittle newspapers.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, March 14th. 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, (425) 388.3186 or Wendy.Poischbeg@SnoCo.org.