Archaeological Assessment Grants are awarded to provide funding for the collection and evaluation of archaeological information from a specific site or area for the purpose of creating a plan for preservation or additional work. Assessment or evaluation may include a literature review, analysis of existing collections, surface reconnaissance, limited testing, or any combination of these activities. These grants are for evaluation and planning for future work, preservation of the site or associated artifacts, or interpretation outside of preparing that plan.
This type of grant provides applicants, who are planning to apply for a future SHF grant project that includes ANY GROUND DISTURBANCE, an opportunity to plan for anticipated archaeological deposits. If an Archaeological Assessment Grant is awarded, the assessment should be completed and then approved by the State Historical Fund staff before a Competitive Grant application is submitted.
Maximum Amount: $10,000
These grants are available for $10,000 or less, however, like Historic Structure Assessments, some projects may cost more or less depending on the size and complexity of the site. If the cost to perform an Archaeological Assessment is more than $10,000, applicant must make up the difference, or the applicant should submit a Competitive Grant application at the April 1 or October 1 deadlines.
Archaeological Assessment applications (for requests of grant funds up to $10,000) can be submitted at any time and will be processed upon receipt.
Cash Match: None, although it is highly recommended that applications for properties owned by private individuals and for-profit businesses provide at least 50% cash match.
Designation on a local historic register, the State Register of Historic Properties, or the National Register of Historic Places is not required.
Line items must define the costs of the project such as contractual services, travel costs, and associated expenses. Archaeological Assessment grant funds cannot be used to reimburse the grant applicant, nor the property owner, for administrative or grant management costs and should not be included in the budget.
Award Announcement Dates
Applicants will typically be notified regarding their application within one month of submission of a complete application. It may take an additional month of contract negotiation before work can begin. State Historical Fund funds cannot be used to pay for work performed or costs encumbered prior to the execution of a contract.
It may be difficult to determine whether a project qualifies for an Archaeological Assessment Grant, so no application should be submitted without first contacting the State Historical Fund staff archaeologist
State Historical Fund
History Colorado Center
Denver, CO 80203
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon. - Fri.