History Colorado's State Historical Fund fosters heritage preservation through tangible and highly visible projects for direct and demonstrable public benefit. A 1990 constitutional amendment legalizing gambling in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek created the State Historical Fund. The amendment mandates that a portion of gaming tax revenue goes to the State Historical Fund to fund historic preservation projects throughout Colorado. The Limited Gaming Act of 1991 (CRS 44-30-1201), authorizes History Colorado to administer the State Historical Fund as a statewide grants program.
The State Historical Fund is located on the third floor of the History Colorado Center in Denver, Colorado, with satellite offices in Durango and Leadville. Staff can work with you and your team throughout the application process and execution of your project. Meet our staff members and contact them through our Staff Directory.
In 2020, 30 years after the start of the State Historical Fund, a total of 4,743 grants have been awarded, contributing $315,892,480, in all 64 Colorado counties. Learn more about our funded projects in our Annual Reports.