Big check presentation on stage at the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center, September 2017.

Grants & Financial Incentives

State Historical Fund

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 revenues be used for historic preservation throughout the state.

Funds are distributed through a competitive process and all projects must demonstrate strong public benefit and community support.  Grants vary in size, from a few hundred dollars up to $200,000.  The State Historical Fund assists in a wide variety of preservation projects 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. 

The History Colorado State Historical Fund has recently updated its Grant Application Guide. The application deadline of October 1st, 2018 remains unchanged. Draft applications can be sent to our office (email address below) for a courtesy review by staff through the first week of September.

The content required as part of a typical State Historical Fund grant application largely remains the same as previous grant rounds. The significant updates and formatting to our application and guide are an effort to streamline and improve the process for grant applicants.

We strongly encourage you to read through the updated State Historical Fund Application Guide (available below) before applying.

If you are considering applying for a grant, please contact us directly at (303) 866-2825 &/or