SHF Archaeological Assessment Grant

Archaeological Assessment Grants from the State Historical Fund (SHF) provide funds for the collection and evaluation of archaeological information for the purpose of creating a plan for additional work, site preservation and/or interpretation.

Types of Archaeological Assessments

Site-specific assessments involve previously identified sites and/or collections that lack sufficient information to plan for future work at the site or collection. Future work could include excavation, preservation, listing on local, state or national registers, and/or interpretation. Site-specific assessments may include limited testing to determine extent and nature of subsurface deposits. 

Small survey assessments involve the survey and evaluation of areas with potential for archaeological resources. Often the area to be surveyed is defined by the proposed use of the area—such as possible Open Space acquisition, a project site in need of re-grading, or an area endangered by a variety of threats. 

Research assessment involves testing archaeological research methodologies in preparation for a competitive SHF grant round. These projects may include testing geospatial models by surveying small survey areas, applying previously unused technological methods to record sites, or new methods to analyze artifacts. These projects have strong research designs that will be tested to inform drafting a competitive SHF grant application.

Three students standing in the 9th Street Historic District with a History Colorado State Historical Fund sign.

Community College of Denver students completed fieldwork for an Archaeological Assessment of the Ninth Street Historic District (5DV.102) SHF grant #18-AS-001.

Gene Wheaton


Historic designation is not required. Sites and areas are eligible for funding if, based on previous recordings or other knowledge of the resource, they exhibit a high potential for research or interpretation and would benefit from a plan for future work or preservation.

Permits are required from the appropriate state or federal agency for archaeological fieldwork.

Archaeological documentation must meet specifications set by the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for site forms and reports.

Cash match is not required but strongly recommended.

Ineligible expenses include

  • Work prior to SHF grant is awarded and a contract is executed.
  • Indirect or grant administration costs.

  • Contingency.

  • Work required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act consultation.

  • Direct preservation, mitigation, and/or interpretation activities.

Project field team with History Colorado State Historical Fund poster.

Escalante Game Drive Site (5DT.152) Archaeological Assessment 17-AS-006 field recorders. From left to right, front row Alissa Leavitt-Reynolds, BLM-GJFO archaeologist; Ken Walters, Walters Engineering (drone expert); Nikki Hoffmann, DENCA’s Science Coordinator; Casey Dukeman, Alpine’s Data Services Director; Pete Davis, Chipeta CAS Volunteer; Connor Johnen, Alpine’s GIS Specialist; Beverly Kolkman, Chipeta CAS Volunteer; Charlie Costello, Chipeta CAS Volunteer; Rus Barr, Chipeta CAS Volunteer; Dave Upchurch, Chipeta CAS Volunteer; Marty Sears, Chipeta CAS Volunteer; Jo Oglesby, Chipeta CAS Volunteer.

Alpine Archaeology

Forms and Samples

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