Historic Structure Assessment grants are awarded for the sole purpose of preparing a report of the physical condition of a historic building or structure in accordance with a mandatory State Historical Fund assessment outline (scope of work). An architect or a structural engineer working under the direct guidance of an architect must prepare the Historic Structure Assessment. Other requirements include:
Architect and/or structural engineer must be the primary consultant on the project.
Architect and structural engineer (if applicable), must be licensed in the state of Colorado.
Architect and/or structural engineer must be familiar with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Architect and structural engineer are required to attend an initial consultation with a State Historical Fund Historic Preservation Specialist at the commencement of the grant contract.
Other professionals including engineers, archaeologists, historic preservation consultants, contractors, historians and cost estimators may also be members of the assessment team.
An assessment will serve as a useful tool to assist the owner in making appropriate and informed decisions regarding future restoration and maintenance efforts. If an assessment grant is awarded, the assessment should have final approval from State Historical Fund staff before a Competitive Grant application is submitted for physical work to the property. Submitting a Competitive Grant application prior to final approval of a Historic Structure Assessment can strongly impact the competitiveness of the application.
Maximum Grant Request Amount
These non-competitive grants are available for $10,000 or less. If the applicant can justify the need to hire additional consultants such as engineers, archaeologists, historic preservation consultants, contractors, historians, or cost estimators, an additional $5,000 can be awarded at the discretion of the State Historical Fund.
Historic Structure Assessments may cost more or less depending on the size and complexity of the building or structure. If the cost to perform a Historic Structure Assessment is more than $10,000 (or more than $15,000 if other expertise is required and justified as stated above) the difference must be made up by the applicant, or the applicant may submit a Competitive Grant application during the April 1 or October 1 deadlines.
Historic Structure Assessment applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed upon receipt.
Cash Match: A cash match is not typically required for these grants but, in some situations, can be required by the State Historical Fund as a condition of award. A cash match of at least 50% is required for properties owned by private individuals or for-profit entities. If the property at issue is not designated, a larger cash match will help to illustrate the owner’s commitment to the project.
Although designation is not required prior to application for a Historic Structure Assessment grant, applications involving undesignated properties without a determination of eligibility and/or a clear plan for designation are unlikely to be funded. It is encouraged for non-designated properties seeking State or National Register designation to submit a Preliminary Properties Evaluation Form 1419. Contact State Historical Fund Outreach Staff if you are interested in submitting an application for an undesignated site.
Line items must define the costs of the project such as contractual services, travel costs and associated expenses. Historic Structure Assessment grant funds cannot be used to reimburse the grant applicant nor the property owner for administrative or grant management costs, and such expenses should not be included in the budget.
Applicants will typically be notified regarding award or denial within one month of submission of a complete application. It may take an additional month of contract negotiation before work can begin. State Historical Fund funds cannot be used to pay for work performed or costs encumbered prior to the execution of a contract.
State Historical Fund
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