Press Release

$3,981,448 in grants awarded to preserve historic places in Colorado

DENVER, Colo. (July 31, 2018) ━ The History Colorado State Historical Fund awarded $3,981,448 across 24 historic preservation grants for the spring 2018 general grant round.

State Historical Fund general grants are in amounts of $35,001 to $200,000 and provide funding for historic preservation projects that help keep Colorado’s past alive.

Example grants from this round include:

• $200,000 for the exterior restoration and rehabilitation of the Emperius Block-Amaranth in Alamosa

• $200,000 for the second phase of the Rumbaugh Creek Bridge restoration in Pagosa Springs

• $170,885 for the seventh season of Rocky Mountain PBS’ Colorado Experience

• $198,000 for the masonry restoration of the Redstone Castle in Redstone

• $200,000 for the acquisition of the West Theatre-Fox Theatre in Trinidad

The State Historical Fund provides funding for a wide variety of projects with significant public benefit and community support, including restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, architectural assessments, archaeological excavations, designation and interpretation of historic places, preservation planning studies and education and training programs.

Nonprofit and public organizations with historic preservation projects that can adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are encouraged to apply. State Historical Fund staff are available to provide helpful feedback on draft grant applications prior to the October 1 application deadline.

The next grant application period runs from Wednesday, August 1 through Monday, October 1. All applications must be completed through the State Historical Fund online portal, which will be available here:

The State Historical Fund grant program and guidelines have been updated from previous rounds. Applicants are encouraged to review the updated State Historical Fund Application Guide, which will also be available on August 1 at the website listed above.

The State Historical Fund was created by the 1990 constitutional amendment allowing limited gaming in the towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. The amendment directs that a portion of the gaming tax revenue be used for historic preservation throughout the state.