Historic Preservation Grants

Historic Preservation Grants

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

Colorado’s agricultural history is evident in the choice of recipients for preservation grants by the History Colorado State Historical Fund.

The Fund awarded 25 historic preservation grants worth more than $618,000 for the Spring 2020 “mini” grant round (requests of $35,000 or less).

Sara Doll, Preservation Outreach Specialist with History Colorado says the coronavirus epidemic spurred the grant committee to meet earlier this year to ensure that grants were awarded on time. The committee also increased the giving in anticipation of the economic struggle a lot of groups will experience.

Doll: “We did award more than normal, we awarded about 100,000 dollars more than we would normally for the minis, specifically to help keep the momentum going for these projects and to start new ones within these communities.”

The recipients include the Garcia Ranch (Potato Barn), in Conejos County. The barn is significant for the Hispanic heritage and agriculture in San Luis Valley. It’s one of few remaining adobe potato cellars left in Colorado.

Grant funding comes from state gaming revenue. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic Sara says the historical fund received about 8 million a year for grants.

The grant committee met about 3 weeks earlier than usual to ensure that grant monies could be funded by the May 1st timeline.

The awards leverage an additional $316,000 in matching funding provided by grant applicants and their community partners.

The State Historical Fund also distributed more than $1.1 million to ongoing grant projects throughout Colorado.

National Sugar Manufacturing Company in Sugar City also won a grant for the restoration of the monumental brick entrance gates.

The State Historical Fund currently oversees more than 280 grant projects located in 52 Colorado counties, and provides technical assistance to all 64 counties. Seventy six percent of all current projects take place in rural communities

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