Historic Cemetery Grants Now Available!

The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) announced today that applications to request funding through the new Historic Cemetery Preservation Grant Program are now available

“The Historic Cemetery Preservation program aims to help preserve historic cemeteries across the state and enable them to continue to serve their communities,” noted Dr. Allyson Brooks, director of the State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. “Washington State has more than 1,700 known cemeteries potentially eligible to take advantage of this new grant program. We hope the program encourages communities to take on projects of all sizes with renewed interest and appreciation in these important places.”

Cemeteries over 50 years old are eligible to receive grant funds to complete capital projects associated with cemetery rehabilitation and preservation. Grant applications are due Friday, June 29, 2018, with grant awards announced in August.

All application materials related to the Historic Cemetery Grant Program can be downloaded through DAHP’s website:

Click here for the Historic Cemetery Grants

Applicants with questions about the grant program are encouraged to contact Julianne Patterson at (206) 624-9449 or via email. Grant applications are due Friday, June 29, 2018.

Great News on HC 2253 from Your President & Legislative Chair!

Dear WCCFA Members,

Great news. HB 2253 Disposition of a Minor Child did not go to the House of Representatives floor for a vote! What this means is that for now the bill is dead. We believe that this is the last we have seen of it this year. However, there is a chance that it could be attached to another bill before session is over. We will be keeping an eye on that to make sure it doesn’t happen.

The bill was introduced in the Judiciary committee and made it through after 2 amendments. It made it through despite our live hearing testimony, multiple emails and personal contacts with House Representatives in our member districts. Then it went to the House Rules committee and we again reached out to several Representatives but it still pushed through. We do believe that while it did make it through the committees, it would not have passed in a vote on the floor

Some years are very quiet on the legislative front and others are a little crazy. This one was a little crazy. Great work for all who chose to participate and have an impact on the laws that affect our profession. When we turn out together, it makes a difference.


Holley Sowards
WCCFA President
J.C. Barr
Legislative Chair

A Free Registration to 2018 ICCFA Annual Convention!
Never been to an ICCFA conference before? Now is your chance! We are gifting you a free registration for the 2018 Annual Convention. 

There are only 200 free registrations available, so hurry!

The only criteria is that you must be a first-time attendee of the ICCFA Annual Convention.
For vendors/supplier professionals, they have a second criteria:

  • You must be a first-time attendee
  • If you are a vendor/supplier professional, you must be the first person from your company to ever attend.

Call Jaclyn Guidone at 571.323.2979 or email her at jaclyn@iccfa.com to secure your spot today!

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Health will hold a public hearing on a proposal to create WAC 246-490-200, Electronic death registration. The proposed rule requires electronic reporting of deaths in Washington State, excluding fetal deaths, and no longer allows submitting death reports using paper forms. Electronic reporting will simplify and accelerate reporting of deaths, and support rapid surveillance and response to communicable disease and other health threats.

You may review the proposed rule and provide comments electronically at the Department of Health web site: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/policyreview/

You may also provide comments at the public hearing.
Date:Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Time:10:00 am
Where: Department of Health, Town Center 1, Room 133
101 Israel Rd. SE Tumwater, WA 98501

You may send your written comments until 5:00 pm on September 5, 2017 to Daniel.ONeill@doh.wa.gov, or via postal service at:
Daniel O’Neill
Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
PO Box 47814 Olympia, WA 98504-7814

 If you need assistance or have questions about the rule making, please contact Daniel O’Neill at (360) 236-4311 or Daniel.ONeill@doh.wa.gov.