County Council approves grant for historic preservation

Seven historic preservation projects receive grant funding

VANCOUVER — Members of the Clark County Board of County Councilors voted Tuesday to approve funding for seven projects as part of the county’s 2018 Historical Promotions Grant program.

According to Jacqui Kamp, a planner with Clark County Community Planning, Washington state law allows the county to impose a $1 surcharge to be allocated for historic preservation. Organizations apply for funding through the Historic Preservation Committee, whose members then determine which projects will receive funding and in what amount.

The Clark County Historical Museum received one of seven grant allocations for historical preservation after a vote by members of the Board of County Councilors on Tuesday. The museum will use its grant to fund aerial photo and property plat digitization. Photo by Alex Peru
The Clark County Historical Museum received one of seven grant allocations for historical preservation after a vote by members of the Board of County Councilors on Tuesday. The museum will use its grant to fund aerial photo and property plat digitization. Photo by Alex Peru

Kamp said that the recommendations are then reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission, and that final recommendation appeared before the county council for approval.

According to a staff report provided for the council members, 11 grants were funded last year, for a total of $91,090.

For the 2018 grants, 15 applications were received, and the total amount requested was $171,089.25.

Of the 15 applications, seven were chosen to receive grant funding. Most did not receive the full amount requested. The total amount of grant funding provided was $67,366.

Funding for the projects comes from a dedicated grant resource pool, and does not come out of the county’s general fund.

The projects include digitization projects of records for the Clark County Historical Museum and The Historic Trust. Also included are preservation projects for the North Clark Historical Museum and Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, as well as research funding for Washington State University Vancouver and funding for Venersborg Talking History.

According to the staff report, the grants will “greatly enhance the ability of those receiving them to promote Clark County’s history and connect its past to the future.”

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Alex Peru is a 2017 graduate of Washington State University Vancouver. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and a double minor in Political Science and Business Administration. Peru grew up in Battle Ground, and graduated from CAM Academy in 2013. He worked for The VanCougar, WSU Vancouver’s campus newspaper, for three years, including one year as the editor-in-chief. When not working, Peru enjoys reading books about history, working on cars and enjoying the outdoors in Clark County’s beautiful rivers, lakes and forests.

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