Grants

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area has an annual cycle for our Heritage Grants. These grants are available to local organizations working to promote the mission of the National Heritage Area by restoring historic buildings, providing interpretation, restoring/promoting scenic and recreational resources or documenting culturally significant components of the way of life in the San Luis Valley. These efforts will support Heritage Preservation and Tourism and promote the counties of Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla, the Alamosa Wildlife Refuge, the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, the Baca Wildlife Refuge, the Rio Grande National Forest and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

An approved project that SdCNHA would like to see completed which was previously approved during the grant application process. A grant agreement will be negotiated, completed and signed by both parties. The grant recipient is fully responsible to see the project will be completed with monitoring by SdCNHA.

Grants from the SdCNHA are intended to encourage local cultural and historic heritage preservation activities and educational programs. These may include projects dedicated to interpretation and way-finding, conservation, or recreation with a heritage or cultural emphasis. SdCNHA grants are awarded to help stimulate local discussion and participation and, at best, are the catalyst for community and partner collaborations. A small grant at the right time can go a long way toward inspiring a community or an organization to take action on a cultural or heritage project.

SdCNHA grants are not to exceed $25,000.00. A maximum request of 20% of the project budget (at or below the $25,000 limit) may be considered for projects with substantial community impact or preservation significance. The selection process is competitive, and applicants are encouraged to develop proposals carefully utilizing the Heritage Area Management Plan Goals and Objectives. You can find these resources on our Management Plan page. Follow the links below to download the application and guidelines.

Apply
Application

SdCNHA Grant Application: .pdf

Guidelines

SdCNHA Grant Guidelines: .pdf

Past Grantees Awarded by SDCNHA

Grant Recipients 2013

Spring recipients:
  • Southwest Conservation Corps– Providing work experience for SLV youth
  • Costilla County Economic Development Center – Sangre de Cristo Cultural Heritage Center
  • San Luis WPA Museum – Restoration Phase II
  • Colorado Open Lands – Acequia Congresso
  • Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust – Garcia Ranch Conservation
  • ASU Field School – Ft. Massachusetts
  • SLV Local Foods – Master Planning
Fall recipients:
  • ASU CASA – Horno project
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish – Heritage Language classes
  • Town of San Luis – Mural Restoration

Grant Recipients 2014

  • Alamosa Boys and Girls Club– Greenhouse Construction
  • Adams State University Archeology Field School – Ft. Massachusetts,
  • Conejos County Tourism – Renovation of five Conejos County Haberlein Murals,
  • Great Divide/Colorado Humanities – Water Documentary,
  • Local Foods Coalition – Seeds of Learning
  • Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust – Conservation of the Rainbow Trout Lodge
  • SW Conservation Corps – Careers on the Land Youth Corps

Grant Recipients 2015

  • Hilo Culturales, Inc. – Culture Film Module Series, Marketing & Dissemination
  • Adams State University – Fort Massachusetts Archeological Field School
  • CO Rio Grande Restoration Foundation – Lower Rio Grande Study
  • Adams State University – Lifeways of the San Luis Valley Course and Lecture Series
  • Costilla County Economic Development Council – Construction Documents for the Interior Rehabilitation of the Sangre de Cristo Heritage
  • Center for Conservation Legacy – Preserve America Youth Summit Next Generation Stewards

Grant Recipients 2016

  • Town of Antonito – Antonito Depot
  • Archeological Field School – Ft Massachusetts Arch Field School
  • Colorado Open Lands – Valdez Rio Culebra Conservation Easement
  • Rio Grande Watershed Cons & Education – SLV Culture and Environment Project
  • S.P.M.D.T.U. – Develop Architectural Plans for the Interior/Exterior Rehab of SPMDTU

Grant Recipients 2017

  • Town of Antonito – Antonito Depot Interior Restoration
  • SPMDTU – Exterior Improvements to Concilio #1 in Antonito
  • Paleo Cultural Research Group – Archaeological Surface Survey in La Botica

Alamosa Boys and Girls Club Greenhouse

Adobe brick making for hornos

Fred Haberlein repainting murals

Hilios Culturales

Signature Projects

An approved project that SdCNHA would like to see completed and involved in decision making, responsibilities and completion. A signature project will be considered during the grant application process, SdCNHA approaches an organization for assistance or if SdCNHA is approached by another organization. A memorandum of agreement will be negotiated, completed and signed by both parties. All parties are fully responsible to see the project will be completed with monitoring by SdCNHA.

Alamosa Boys and Girls Club Greemhouse

Alamosa Boys and Girls
Club Greenhouse

Adobe brick making for hornos

Adobe brick making
for hornos

Fred Haberlein repainting murals

Fred Haberlein
repainting murals

Hilios Culturales

Hilios
Culturales

Youth Summit

Youth
Summit

Alamosa Boys and Girls Club Greemhouse

Alamosa Boys and Girls
Club Greenhouse

Adobe brick making for hornos

Adobe brick making
for hornos

Fred Haberlein repainting murals

Fred Haberlein
repainting murals

Hilios Culturales

Hilios
Culturales

Youth Summit

Youth
Summit

Alamosa Boys and Girls Club Greemhouse

Alamosa Boys and Girls
Club Greenhouse

Adobe brick making for hornos

Adobe brick making
for hornos

Fred Haberlein repainting murals

Fred Haberlein
repainting murals

Hilios Culturales

Hilios
Culturales

Youth Summit

Alamosa Boys and Girls Club Greenhouse

Adobe brick making for hornos

Fred Haberlein repainting murals

Hilios Culturales