The Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund is an annual grant program that provides up to $2,000 or building assessment services to organizations involved in historic preservation around our state.

The goal of the fund is to provide small yet meaningful amounts of money to help promote historic preservation where it really happens: at the community level. Awards are given in the name of Valerie Sivinski, a preservationist who was killed in October 2000 while performing preservation-related work. Valerie was a longtime Board Member of the Washington Trust and served as president in the early 1990s.

In addition to cash grants of up to $2,000, the Washington Trust will award building assessment services to an applicant. Building assessments provide a prioritized schedule of capital needs while outlining preferred treatments that meet historic standards. Information provided in a building assessment is intended to provide a clear path toward rehabilitation. Building assessments will be conducted by Artifacts Consulting, a Tacoma historic preservation consulting firm generously providing these services pro bono in honor of Valerie Sivinski, a former principal.
Three grant recipients from 2016, from left to right: the Historic Centralia Fox Theatre women's bathroom which recieved $2000 that went toward restoration, the LaCrosse Rock Houses & Station which received $750 to repair, secure, and stabilize the rock structures in anticipation of future preservation, and the Ellensburg Masonic Temple which received the first-ever donated building assessment provided by Artifacts Consulting.


Examples of eligible projects include purchasing materials or services for “bricks and mortar” projects to preserve a specific property or producing documents that will contribute to the preservation of a specific property. Highest priority will be given to projects that are urgent in nature, contribute significantly to the development of community preservation organizations, and/or are included in our Most Endangered Historic Properties list. In addition, priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation projects. Project work must conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and must comply with local design guidelines when applicable.


Maximum request for grant funds is $2,000. General operating expenses and expenses incurred prior to the award date are not eligible for inclusion in a grant request. Grants to an individual organization will not be approved more often than once every two years. Funds will be awarded to applicants upon proof of work being accomplished via the Grant Completion Report. Awardees will receive a letter of award for their grant. Special conditions for early or one-half disbursement of grant funds will be considered upon request only. Grant projects should be completed within one year of the award date. If additional time is needed, grant awardees are required to notify the Washington Trust in writing and provide a status report; otherwise grant funds will be forfeited.


The Washington Trust announces the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund at our annual Holiday Benefit at the Stimson-Green Mansion in Seattle.

Click here to a list of all past recipients since 1998.


The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation currently provides grants through targeted donations to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund supplemented by general operating income. The Washington Trusthas established an endowment to provide a permanent source of funding. The goal is to generate enough income from the endowment to fund the program at increasingly higher levels.

If you’d like to contribute to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund or Endowment, please send a check made payable to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, 1204 Minor Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101. The Washington Trust accepts online credit card donations through our secure server. You can also email your credit card information for us to bill your account, or you can call during regular business hours, and we can take your credit card information over the telephone.

You can also support the Fund or Endowment through a tax deductible gift of stock or other securities whether they have appreciated or declined in value. The Washington Trust is able to work directly with your broker or financial advisor to facilitate the gift. As always, we suggest that you consult with your independent financial, tax, or legal advisor for specific help with your particular situation before you proceed with such a donation. Contact us by calling 206-624-9449 or emailing us at for more information.


1. Review eligibility criteria

2. Download application form

3. Email a digital copy to us:

The application period for the 2017 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grants has closed. The 2017 award winners were announced in December 2016 at the Washington Trust's annual Sivinski Holiday Benefit.

Applications for our 2018 Sivinski Awards will be due in October 2017.


Incorporated Non-profit Organizations

Unincorporated Citizens Groups

Advocacy Groups

Most Endangered List Property Owners

Public Agencies

School Districts

Civic Organizations

Religious Organizations
Grant applicants are required to become members of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, if they are not already members. In addition, grant recipients must remain members in good standing until the time of project completion.