Emergency Grants are awarded to provide assistance to significant resources that are in imminent danger of being lost, demolished, or seriously damaged, when such threat is sudden and unexpected such as a fire, flood, hail storm, or other act of nature. A specific event—such as a tornado—that occurred on a specific date should be cited in the application. Building failure/damage attributed to defer maintenance is not defined as an emergency.
It is important that you contact our office immediately after the event has occurred. If a significant amount of time has transpired between the time of the event and the request for funding, it may affect your eligibility.
Emergency Grants are typically limited in scope to the temporary stabilization of a building, structure, or site until permanent preservation actions can take place.
Maximum Amount: $10,000
Applications for Emergency Grants typically request from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Emergency Grants in excess of $10,000 are extremely rare and will take longer to process.
These applications have no deadlines and will be processed immediately. Applicants should contact the State Historical Fund as soon as possible after the event as any delay will affect the funding decision.
Requirements: Cash Match
Fifty percent (50%) cash match is highly recommended for properties owned by private individuals and for-profit businesses.
Designation must be obtained prior to application.
Award Announcement Dates
Applicants may expect to be notified of their award within two weeks of application submission. Work may begin immediately after the applicant has executed a contract with History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society, and all other requirements are met. State Historical Fund funds cannot be used to pay for work performed or costs encumbered prior to the execution of the contract.
Applications are available by contacting the State Historical Fund Outreach Staff.
State Historical Fund
History Colorado Center
Denver, CO 80203
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon. - Fri.