State money available to refurbish historic barns

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.