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Maritime WA: Interpretation Grants Now Available

The Maritime Washington National Heritage Area is thrilled to announce the inaugural Maritime Washington Grant Program, supporting projects that interpret our state’s maritime heritage. Nonprofits, government entities, Tribes, educational institutions, and other organizations that share Washington’s water-based stories are encouraged to explore this new funding opportunity!

Types of Grants Available

In this grant cycle, we are offering two types of Interpretation Grants: Implementation Grants and Planning Grants. These grants are designed to fund projects that enhance the interpretation of Washington’s maritime heritage, past and present.

Implementation Grants

  • Support the installation, fabrication, or otherwise rendering of interpretive projects, such as exhibits, signage, brochures, webpages, and limited video or podcast series.
  • Maximum grant request: $15,000.
  • One-to-one matching requirement.

Planning Grants

  • Provide fully funded technical assistance from a professional planner to develop interpretive plans for exhibits, signage programs, or similar projects.
  • Value: up to $15,000.
  • No matching requirement, but grantees will be required to dedicate significant staff and/or volunteer time towards the planning process.

Key Dates

  • November 15, 2023: Grant applications open
  • November 30, 2023, at 12:00 pm: Virtual office hours with Maritime Washington staff (register here)
  • December 15, 2023, at 6:00 pm: Grant applications due
  • January 30, 2024: All applicants notified
  • January 31, 2025: Grant-supported projects completed
Learn More & Apply
If you have any questions, we encourage you to join us for our virtual office hours on November 30 or email Maritime Washington staff at We look forward to receiving your applications and supporting our community in sharing Washington’s rich maritime heritage!

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