Today the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express announced that the Seattle-Puget Sound area has been chosen for the community-based Partners in Preservation program, which provides restoration grants for local historic places. American Express is committing $1 million in preservation grants to the Seattle-Puget Sound area and is encouraging local residents and people across the country to participate by voting for their favorite historic place from a diverse slate of 25 sites.
The Partners in Preservation program launches in Seattle on April 14 with the unveiling of the 25 historic sites competing for funding dollars. Voting begins that day at the Partners in Preservation website.
Seattle is the fifth region to host the Partners in Preservation program and receive funding from American Express. The program previously made grants for preservation projects in the San Francisco Bay area, Chicagoland, New Orleans and Greater Boston.
Once the 25 places are revealed on April 14, the public will be invited to vote online for its favorite historic places at the Partners in Preservation website through May 12. The winner of the popular vote is guaranteed funding. Additional grants will be awarded on June 15 to a number of the other sites after review by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an advisory committee composed of Seattle-Puget Sound civic and preservation leaders. In total, $1 million in preservation grants will be awarded.