Press Release

State Historical Fund awards $257,858 in grants for historic preservation in Colorado

DENVER, Colo. (December 7, 2017) ━The History Colorado State Historical Fund awarded 14 historic preservation grants for a total of $257,858 for the Fall 2017 “mini” grant round (requests of $35,000 or less). These grants help fund important historic preservation and archaeology projects with direct public benefit across Colorado and help to preserve historic and cultural resources that tell the story of our state.

Historic preservation grants help local communities preserve their sense of place while generating economic activity. This round provides funding for 14 important historic preservation projects. A sample of those funded includes:


Holbrook Street, Erie: $14,760 for a survey of residential properties.


St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Brookside: $35,000 for a roof rehabilitation.


Wagon Wheel Gap / Fluorspar Mine / Mill-4UR Ranch, rural Mineral County: $11,507 for a National Register Historic District nomination.


Ludlow Tent Colony Site / Ludlow Monument, rural Las Animas County: $20,000 for a cellar restoration project.


Smith Cottages / Smith-Eslick Cottage Court, Grand Lake: $12,034 for interpretive signage to communicate the historical significance of the resource.


107 South Grand Avenue, Pueblo: $16,984 for construction documents to rehabilitate the Pueblo Arts Alliance Building.


Old High School / Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center, San Luis: $18,987 for “Preserving the Hispano Farm” K-12 curriculum development related to Mexican and Spanish land grants, Acequia irrigation, Vara strip farms, grazing lands, and cultural traditions related to the agricultural lifeways of Costilla County and southern Colorado.


To see a complete list of projects funded through the 18-M2 grant round, please The History Colorado State Historical Fund will announce grant awards for applications requesting more than $35,000 from the Fall 2017 grant round on February 1.


The deadline for the next round of grant applications is Monday, April 2 at 11:59 p.m. Nonprofit organizations and government entities interested in historic preservation projects that adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and that have strong public benefit are encouraged to apply. Outreach specialists are available to work with applicants to help them craft competitive applications. Please visit or call (303) 866-2825 for more information.