Heritage Fund Grants
Chair, Kevin Brownlee
509 344-1065 or email
The focus of the Heritage Fund Committee is to develop, manage, and make
recommendations for allocating resources of the Spokane Heritage Fund.
Your Membership dollars and proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour support our Heritage Fund, which provides funding for preservation projects in Spokane County. Past grants have been awarded to the Moore-Turner Gardens, Mount St Michaels, Women's Club, Cheney Business District Façade Improvements, East Central Neighborhood Council, Westminster Congregational Church, Spokane Antique Carrousel Society and the Masonic Temple Association. Thank you!!
Applications for Heritage Grants will be accepted at any time during the year and are reviewed in April and October of each year.
Recently Approved Recommendations for Heritage Fund Grants
The SPA Board approved a recommendation for one Heritage Fund grants from the Fall 2008 round of grants applications. The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Landscape Association was awarded funding to support landscaping and handicapped access to the cathedral. Landscaping around the handicapped entrance includes historic plantings and reuse of the original sandstone stairs to the west door of the Cathedral, which were removed several years ago. The western part, the nave, was constructed from 1925-1957, and the choir and north transept were completed during 1948-1957. Designed by Harold Whitehouse, the Cathedral is one of Spokane's most historic and iconic structures. SPA is happy to contribute to these improvements that increase access for all who want to visit this beautiful Cathedral.
Grants awarded from the Spring 2008 cycle went to the following:
The Heritage Network received a mini-grant of $1000 to support The Prestini Project, a video and photographic documentation of the life and work of Leno Prestini. Prestini was an Italian craftsman who immigrated to the United States and lived in Clayton, Washington from 1911 until his death in 1966. He was a painter, sculptor, inventor, but is most widely known for his beautiful terra cotta design work seen on many historic buildings around the Northwest. His work can be seen in Spokane on the Davenport Hotel, Old National Bank Building, Paulsen Building, the Chronicle, the Women's Club and the Felts Field Hangar, among others.
The City of Spokane's Neighborhood Business Centers Program received a Capital Preservation Grant of $5000 to provide matching grants for façade improvements to historic commercial property owners in the Hillyard, North Monroe, and South Perry districts. Neighborhood Business Centers Program works with neighborhood business associations to revitalize and preserve Spokane's older historic pedestrian-oriented business districts.
This bench and fountain for the Moore Turner Gardens was
supported by a recent grant from SPA's Heritage Fund.