State money available to refurbish historic barns

State money available to refurbish historic barns
The Parrish family's historic barn in Toppenish, Wash. is ready for use Aug. 28, 2013, after a rehabilitation project made possible through a state matching-grant program. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny)
TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) — A new round of state money is available to help refurbish historic barns across Washington state.

State lawmakers have appropriated $500,000 for the next two years for the grant program that helps with rehabilitation projects designed to stabilize and preserve designated Heritage Barns.

The Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation administers the program.

Applications are competitive, and they must meet several criteria, including the historical significance of the barn, urgency of needed repairs and provisions for long-term preservation. Priority is given to barns that remain in agricultural use.

Barn owners must match grant awards dollar for dollar.