History Colorado has two areas that provide grants for archaeology and historic preservation projects. The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation administers the U.S. Department of Interior's Historic Preservation Fund Program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
The State Historical Fund is a statewide grants program that was created by the 1990 constitutional amendment allowing limited gaming in the towns of Cripple Creek, Central City, and Black Hawk. The amendment directs that a portion of the gaming tax revenues be used for historic preservation throughout the state.
These grants may be submitted at any time of the year and are for smaller amounts of money than the competitive grants. They include the Historic Structure Assessment Grant, Archaeological Assessment Grant, and Emergency Grant.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Only Certified Local Governments (counties and municipalities certified through History Colorado & the National Park Service) are eligible to apply for funds. No match is currently required for Colorado CLG grants.