Press Release

Saving Colorado's historic places, one grant at a time

DENVER (February 9, 2017)—The History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) recently awarded $2,852,796 in 25 grants for historic preservation projects in communities across the state. The SHF grant program funds assessments, raises awareness about the importance of preservation, and helps communities acquire, plan for, and work on their historic resources.

“The people of Colorado are committed to preserving our historic resources, and these grants will assist communities in retaining their history for themselves and for future generations," said Cynthia Nieb, director of the State Historical Fund. "I want to encourage everyone who believes that our history is important to look into the State Historical Fund grant program. We just might be able to help you save a historic resource in your neighborhood."

This round includes grants for a wide variety of important historic preservation projects, including:

  • Archaeological Field School at Western State College ($88,653)
  • Crested Butte Hardware exterior rehabilitation ($200,000)
  • Florence Senior Community Center (formerly Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot) exterior preservation ($173,745)
  • Fruitdale Elementary School in Wheat Ridge exterior restoration ($198,512)
  • Funding for Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado Experience: Season V ($200,000)

For a complete list of historic preservation projects from the 17-M2 and 17-02 grant round, please visit

The deadline for the next round of grant applications is April 1 at 11:59 p.m. Nonprofits and government entities interested in working on a historic preservation project in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are encouraged to apply. To contact State Historical Fund staff about the grants program, please visit or call the office directly at (303) 866-2825.