Grant Applicant Resources

Outreach Assistance

At the State Historical Fund we are committed to providing the highest quality of service. Our dedicated Outreach team is here to help answer any questions you may have and make the process of applying for a grant a positive experience. Whether you are new to our program or a seasoned grant applicant we are always here to assist.

Click here to have an Outreach team member contact you about your potential project. 

Draft Application Process

The State Historical Fund offers competitive grant draft application reviews to any interested applicant. Applicants must have an approved Letter of Intent before they begin the application process, including draft reviews.We highly encourage applicants to utilize this service.

We accept draft reviews up to one month prior to the application deadline (For example, July 1 for the August 1 deadline). One full review with comments from multiple staff is provided. Submit all draft reviews through the application draft function in the online application portal, to

2021 Draft Calendar

Common Forms and Downloads

State Historical Fund Application Guide

A detailed guide with information about our program and how to apply for an SHF grant. 

Application Guide Addendum- 2020/21

Applicable 2020/21 updates to the State Historical Fund Application Guide.

Competitive Application Template

This online template is a helpful tool to use when working on your application. Use it as a backup or a rough draft prior to submitting your application. 

Colorado Funding Sources

Here is a list of other funding sources available to preservation projects in Colorado.


Grant Writing Resources

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards

All work funded by the State Historical Fund must comply with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. These principles promote best practices for work on historic properties. There are also specific standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, which you should refer to when applying for an archaeology grant. Your project must be in line with these standards, and your application should explicitly state how your work will comply with them.

Preservation Briefs and Preservation Tech Notes are helpful publications provided by the National Park Service for technical assistance and guidance on preserving historic properties. Most State Historical Fund-sponsored projects will require contractors to understand and implement the techniques described in these documents. Identifying and referencing relevant briefs and tech notes will make your grant application more competitive.

News and Media

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Publications and Resources

Recent Preservation Blog Posts


Press Releases

Recent SHF Press Releases


Annual Reports