Acquisition and Development grants involve physical work (preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation) and require that the resource be designated at the local, State, or National level at the time of application. If the property is not designated, please contact the Preservation Planning Unit at 303-866-3392.
The purpose of this type of project is to conduct major activities that involve the acquisition of property or physical work on a property. Large-scale excavations and data recovery at archaeological sites fall into this category because these projects often result in the destruction of a large portion of the resource. Appropriate tasks for this type of grant also include mitigation for architectural preservation.
Education projects provide information about historic preservation or historic sites through interpretation, public media creation or curriculum development. Field schools and hands-on learning projects fall in this category.
The purpose of this type of project is to educate professionals, students, volunteers, amateurs, and the general public. Educational projects can also include efforts to create interpretive materials for cultural resources. It is critical that Education and Survey and Planning projects should be directly tied to historic place and focus on historic buildings, structures, sites, districts, and objects.
Appropriate tasks for this type of grant include:
Field schools (includes all activities listed under and survey and planning and large-scale excavations when appropriate)
Public programs and/or exhibits
Collections analyses and/or rehabilitation
Educational materials and curriculum creation/dissemination
Survey & Planning
Through mapping, research, fieldwork, and evaluation, surveys systematically gather information about historic resources that make up the built environment. Identification of important historic resources is the first step in the preservation planning process.
The History Colorado State Historical Fund provides grant dollars to pay for surveys and historic context development projects such as reconnaissance surveys, intensive surveys, historic context development, construction documents, archaeological surveys, and multiple property documentation. For archaeological projects, all levels of survey and test excavations are considered Survey and Planning projects and prior historic designation is not required.
Due to the complex and varying nature of survey projects, SHF recommends that applicants contact OAHP and SHF staff in advance of submitting this type of application. Staff is always available to discuss your needs in more detail.
A reconnaissance survey is often called a "windshield survey" because fieldwork can largely be completed through brief onsite observation. Reconnaissance fieldwork is augmented with limited background research and can be used to determine areas most likely to contain significant resources and suggest general boundaries for potential historic districts.
Intensive surveys provide comprehensive views of individual resources. They require archival research and a full evaluation needed to determine individual eligibility to the State or National Register. Intensive surveys provide a wealth of information that can be used by researchers and for the development of interpretive materials.
Competitive Grants (aka General Grants) are made for any of the three projects types: Acquisition & Development, Education, and Survey & Inventory.
Archaeological Assessment Grants
Are made for the collection and evaluation of archaeological information for the purpose of creating a plan for preservation or additional work where the request is $10,000 or less. Applications are accepted anytime during the year.
Historic Structure Assessment Grants
Are made for the preparation of a Structure Assessment by an architect, or structural engineer working with an architect licensed in the state of Colorado where the request is $10,000 or less. Applications are accepted anytime during the year.
Are made exclusively for interim stabilization of a historic property that has been damaged due to some unforeseeable event and typically do not exceed $10,000. No cash match is required. Applications are accepted anytime during the year.