Historic Structure Assessment Grants

A side view of a single story white barn with a tower in the background.

The DeLaney Farm Education Barn in Aurora.

Historic Structure Assessment (HSA) grants are awarded for the sole purpose of preparing a report on the physical condition of a historic building or structure in accordance with a mandatory State Historical Fund assessment scope of work. HSAs must be prepared by an architect or a structural engineer working under the direct guidance of an architect. Other requirements include:

  • Architect and/or structural engineer must be the primary consultant on the project. They cannot be the grant recipient contact.
  • Architect and/or structural engineer must be familiar with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and licensed in the state of Colorado.
  • Architect and/or structural engineer must attend an initial consultation with an HC-SHF Historic Preservation Specialist and Contracts Specialist at the commencement of the grant contract. At that meeting, whoever will be processing the financial reports and payment requests must also be present.
  • Other professionals including engineers, archaeologists, historic preservation consultants, contractors, historians, and cost estimators may be members of the assessment team.

An assessment can assist property owners to make informed decisions about future restoration and maintenance efforts. If an assessment grant is awarded, it should have final approval from State Historical Fund staff before a Competitive Grant application is submitted for physical work to the property.


Cash match: If the intention of a non-profit or public entity applicant is to become the owner and steward of the building currently owned by a for-profit or individual, they may apply with a reduced cash match or no cash match.

Designation: Although designation is not required prior to applying for HSA grants, applications involving undesignated properties without a determination of eligibility and/or a clear plan for designation are unlikely
to be funded.

The Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation Form 1416 should be included for non-designated properties seeking State or National Register designation (Available at h-co.org/preservationforms). Contact HC-SHF Outreach Staff if you are interested in submitting an application for an undesignated site.

Scope: There is a required scope of work which cannot be adjusted, other than for relevance. The standard and the annotated scope should be used to request proposals from consultants.

Budget: Line items must denote all the costs of the project such as contractual services or travel costs. HSA grant funds cannot be used to reimburse the grant applicant nor the property owner for administrative or grant management costs. Such expenses should not be included in the budget. Budgets must contain a calculation or reference a proposal document that contains a calculation that shows how the budget amount has been derived.

Amount of Request: $10,000; however, if justified in the application, an additional $5,000 may be available to hire specialized consultants. If the cost is more than the amount awarded by HC-SHF, the difference must be made up by the applicant, or the applicant can submit a Competitive Grant application.

Application Deadlines: HSAs can be submitted at any time and will be processed upon receipt.

Applicants are typically notified regarding award or denial within 30-45 days of submitting a complete application. If additional material or information is needed from the applicant, this may be longer. It typically takes an additional month to complete the contracting procedure before the project can begin.

Forms and Samples

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Please read the How to Apply for an SHF Historic Structure Assessment Grant document above for tips on how to complete the application form.  If you have a slower internet connection, please be patient when filling out the application fields, navigating between application tabs, and uploading documents.

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For more information about emergency grants or to get additional reference materials, contact our Outreach Staff at 303-866-2825 or email us at hc_shf@state.co.us.

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