On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, the Mason County Historic Preservation Commission administers the annual Mason County Heritage Grant program to assist projects that promote the public’s access to County history. The program is funded with a portion of document recording fees collected by the Mason 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 purpose other than those stipulated in the statute.

Grants may be awarded to qualified organizations for professional development, public education, small capital projects, collections management, heritage investigations and historic preservation. This is a reimbursement grant with a six-month project period.

The Mason County Historic Preservation Commission established the Heritage Grant program in 2011, and 2025 will mark the County’s 22nd Heritage Grant program cycle.

Details regarding the 2025 grant cycle, including the total amount available and award ceilings, will be published on this page in the Fall of 2024. A news release will also be issued to all Mason County communications partners in November 2024. The application deadline is always the third Friday of January.

It is highly encouraged that potential applicants first reach out to Luke Viscusi, the HPC Staff Member, to confirm eligibility requirments prior to completing an application. Luke Viscusi can be contacted regarding any grant questions at 360-427-9670 ext. 282 or by e-mail at HPC@masoncountywa.gov.

*For any projects involving sites registered on the Mason County Historic Preservation Register*: please contact Luke Viscusi well in advance of the grant deadline to confirm whether a Certificate of Appropriateness is needed prior to grant application submittal.

Proposals can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Mason County Historic Preservation Commission at 615 W Alder St, Shelton, WA 98584. Applications must be received by 12:00PM on January 17, 2025. Interested parties should read through all of the information included in the links below: