Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area 2021 Grant Cycle Opens April 1, 2020

Grants awarded from Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) are intended to encourage local cultural and historic heritage preservation activities, educational programs, and support Heritage Tourism within the heritage area. Our past grantees have used grant funds to restore historic buildings; provide historical and cultural interpretation; restore or promote scenic, artistic and recreational resources; and to document culturally significant components of the way of life in the heritage area. Heritage area grants are available to local schools, municipalities, and non-profits annually. Education Projects provide historic preservation information or information about historic sites to the public.  These projects can include curriculum development, youth training, lectures, interviews, archiving and preservation of cultural information, etc. The following three projects received grants from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.

Youth Archaeology Camp– Ten students ages 11 to 15 participated in the archaeology camp.  The camp exposed the students to the discipline of archaeology using significant San Luis Valley state and federal sites. The curriculum was designed to present a broad picture of the people who have inhabited the San Luis Valley.  Students visited four archaeological sites with working professionals; historic Ft. Massachusetts, Bunker Site on the Old Spanish Trail, the historic Hispanic Trujillo Homestead, and the prehistoric Scott Miller site.  Students also visited preserved sites; Fort Garland, Pike’s Stockade, De Vargas Crossing, and the oldest place and continuously occupied town of Garcia, CO.

Lifeways of the San Luis Valley Course and Lecture Series- The course and lecture series explored the cultural richness of the San Luis Valley within the context of the multitude of Southwester and Rio Grande traditions. The SLV geography, ecology, languages, and literature along with other elements of regional heritage, such as acequia systems, were exemplified in order to better understand local values and spiritual expressions of place.

Murals of Conejos County & San Luis Mural Project- Both mural projects were restorative projects. Conserving the publically accessed murals within the counties and educating a new generation of muralists.  The murals are visual representation of Hispanic culture. A series of workshops were held at the Conejos County schools. These projects promoted heritage tourism.


Antonito mural by Fred Haberlein


For more information on the efforts and mission of the SdCNHA, or to see more completed projects in our 10 Year Report, visit our website, We invite and encourage you to apply for our 2021 grant cycle! Special consideration will be given to grant applications with focus on outdoor recreation, land stewardship, and business development. Please contact us, if you have an idea for a grant or have any questions about the grant process at email us at, call us at (719) 580-7366 or visit our office located at 623 4th Street in Alamosa.


2021 GRANT CYCLE OPENS: April 1, 2020.