Summer 2021 Grant Round

Grant Round Calendar

Letter of Intent

This is a new requirement and is intended to be a conversation starter and allow an easy access point to the application process. It also allows staff to make sure all projects are within our program guidelines before an applicant invests a lot of time. It gives new applicants a quick and simple way to introduce their project to staff, who can form a team to help guide them through the process and provide important assistance. For experienced applicants, it is an easy way to check in and make sure their project is on track for success. Non-competitive grants do not require a Letter of Intent. To receive the competitive application, you must submit a Letter of Intent. We accept Letters of Intent on a rolling basis, but must receive them no later than one month prior to your target grant round deadline.

To submit a Letter of Intent, send your answers to the following questions (three to four sentences each) to or complete this Google Form. The answers should be simple and give staff enough information to understand whether the project will be successful.

  • Who is the grant applicant? Who will be on your team, managing the grant and doing the work?
  • What historic place, building, landscape, site, or other preservation/archaeology information is the focus of your project?
  • What are you planning to do?
  • Why is this project urgent now and when do you want to start?
  • How is your community engaged in the project? How does this project benefit them?

Our staff will review the information within one business week and let you know if your project receives a green, yellow, or red light.

  • Green projects can proceed. You will receive a link to the competitive grant application.
  • Yellow projects must collaborate with our staff to refine the scope of work, or clarify questions and identify the best target grant deadline.
  • Red projects do not align with our grant program’s requirements.

SHF Guidebook and Application Changes

Cash Match Changes

All projects require a cash match contribution toward the project total based on property ownership and/or BIPOC benefit.* A BIPOC project significantly benefits and involves BIPOC communities. Include letters of support from BIPOC community members/organizations supporting and/or collaborating on the project within the suggested five to seven letters of support. Cash match is actual money or an accounting transaction that contributes to the completion of the project. See the Grant Programs table for all cash match requirements.

Application Changes

The State Historical Fund is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion rooted in History Colorado's Anti-racism Grounding Virtues. One of our goals is to achieve racial equity within our funding. We are currently focusing on diversity as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). In order to gauge our progress in this work, we are adding the following demographic diversity, equity, and inclusivity questions to our application.

Narrative Questions

Diversity–10 points

The State Historical Fund is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity rooted in History Colorado’s Anti-racism Grounding Virtues. One of our goals is to achieve racial equity within our funding. We are currently focusing on diversity as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). This section demonstrates the applicant’s involvement with and the project’s benefit to BIPOC communities (1,000 word limit).

Provide the following information:

1. Applicant Organization

  • Does your organization primarily serve the BIPOC community? (Yes/No)
  • Does your organization’s board include people who identify as BIPOC? (Yes/No)
  • Does your staff include people who identify as BIPOC? (Yes/No)
  • Does your organization’s mission statement address diversity, equity, and inclusion? (Yes/No)

2. Project Information

  • Does your project primarily support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities? (If no, please go on to Applicant Capacity tab)

Mark as many as apply:

  • __African, African-American, or Black
  • __American Indian, Native American, or Alaskan Native
  • __Asian, Asian-American, or Filipino
  • __Latino, Latinx, Hispanic, Chicano, or Latin American
  • __Middle Eastern, Arab, or Arab-American
  • __Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander
  • __Multi-racial or more than one identity
  • __Prefer to self-describe __________


  • If so, how does this community benefit from this project?
  • How has this community participated in the development of your grant application?
  • If awarded, how will they be involved during the project?
  • Please describe the nature of any partnerships that are involved in this project.
Scoring Criteria
  1. Does the applicant organization (or the organization they are representing and partnering with) actively engage with BIPOC communities?
  2. Does the project benefit a BIPOC community? If so, is the benefit clear and well described?
  3. Was a BIPOC community involved in the development of this project? Was their involvement clearly described and appropriate?
  4. Will the BIPOC community be involved during the project? Is their involvement clearly described and appropriate?
  5. Are there letters of support from the communities involved in the project?
  6. Are partnerships well described? This is especially important if there is a sponsoring/partner applicant organization (such as a local governmental entity). Are the partners actively involved in the project? If not, are they contributing meaningfully?
Scoring Rubric
  • 9–10 points = Excellent
  • 8 points = Very good
  • 7 points = Fair/average
  • 6 points = Shows potential
  • 0–5 points = Insufficient


Find additional details on the recent changes to the guidebook and application as well as useful documents as you prepare your application. 

Draft Application Review 

The State Historical Fund offers competitive grant draft application reviews to any interested applicant. Applicants must have an approved Letter of Intent before they begin the application process, including draft reviews.We highly encourage applicants to utilize this service.

We accept draft reviews up to one month prior to the application deadline (For example, July 1 for the August 1 deadline). One full review with comments from multiple staff is provided. Submit all draft reviews through the application draft function in the online application portal, to


Contact our Outreach Staff or email us at with any questions.