FSOP is the happy recipient of a grant from King County 4Culture’s Heritage program. This is the first year of a new grant program to provide sustained support to preservation organizations in the county. As 4Culture describes it: “The program provides funding to King County-based non-profit organizations, public development authorities, and municipalities that provide definable, high quality historic preservation services to the public. 4Culture has a long history of providing sustained support to Arts and Heritage organizations, and now for the first time, it is extended to preservation efforts. In 2013, 4Culture launched three new funding programs to help conserve historic places around the county, valuing the role such efforts play in preserving community character and honoring those who came before us.”
We are excited to use the funding to advance our efforts to increase our membership, provide new programs, and hire a part-time person to organize our archives and develop operational systems to ensure we are working efficiently and effectively. To that end, we have hired Faye Lovvorn to pull together FSOP records from the past 30 years that are dispersed among our former board members. Faye will also help us put together a more user-friendly membership database and develop an annual schedule of activities for the treasurer. We are also planning a public program this fall – be sure to check back here for more information!
We are extremely appreciative of 4Culture’s support and are excited at the opportunity it offers us to expand our reach and increase awareness of Seattle’s amazing Olmsted legacy!