Competitive Grants provides funds for the built environment, archaeology, and education or training related to historic preservation. All competitive projects must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Properties and abide by the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office’s Survey Manual, if applicable.
To receive a competitive application, you must submit a Letter of Intent. We accept Letters of Intent on a rolling basis but must receive them no later than one month prior to your target grant round deadline.
Mini Grant: Up to $50,000
General Grant: $50,001-$250,000
Cash Match: There is a 25% cash match of the project total required for Nonprofit/Governmental entity owners and 50% for Private/For-Profit owners.
BIPOC Projects* Cash Match:
No cash match for applicant organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $250,000 for projects at properties owned by nonprofit/governmental entities.
5% cash match for applicant organizations with an operating budget over $250,000 for projects at properties owned by nonprofit/ governmental entities.
10% cash match for projects at privately owned properties.
Designation: If the project includes physical work, then a National, State or Local designation is required prior to application. If the project does not include physical work but is associated with a specific site, it must be moving toward designation. Form 1419 (Preliminary Property Evaluation Form) should be submitted to and approved by the State Historic Preservation Office prior to application and included as an attachment.
Property Protections: Property protections may be placed on properties receiving grants for physical work. The type of owner and the cumulative amount of grant funds received to determine the length (in years) and type (covenant or easement) required to protect the property from alterations that would affect its historic character. For more information on property protections, contact Property Protections Coordinator.
Scope: The scope of work for competitive grants varies depending on the project. For more details on developing your project scope please refer to out guidebook or contact our outreach staff.
Budget: Line items must denote all the costs of the project such as contractual services or travel costs. Budgets must contain a calculation, or reference a proposal document that contains a calculation, that shows how the budget amount has been derived.
Ineligible Expenses: Some projects, activities, and costs do not qualify for assistance and cannot be included in the project scope of work, budget, and/or cash match. The most common ineligible expenses include:
Grant administration in excess of 15% of total direct project costs
Grant writing costs
Costs encumbered, contracted for, or incurred before receiving a fully executed grant award with the State Historical Fund
Costs of utilities outside the designated area
The value of In-kind goods, services, or staff time or pay
To see a more detailed list refer to our guidebook or contact our outreach staff with questions regarding scope of work or project cost eligibility.
Application Deadline & Award Announcement:
Application Deadline: Noon on February 1 and May 1, 2022,**
Award Announcement: 30 days from application deadline
Application Deadline: Noon on August 1
Award Announcement: December 1
*Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Projects: A BIPOC project significantly benefits and involves one or more BIPOC communities.