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. Archaeology Projects involve the identification, documentation, preservation, and interpretation of archaeological resources. This includes prehistoric and historic sites as well as artifact collections. Section 106 compliance/consultation of the National Historic Preservation Act will be required and should be part of your planning efforts.  Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area will assist with the completion of a Section 106 application. The following three projects received grants from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.


 Rio Grande Natural Area and Punche Valley: The project’s primary goal was to develop a baseline dataset on the archaeological resource of the Rio Grande Natural Area, in southwestern Conejos County, which included historic homesteads and irrigation features, historic trails, and other aspects of the cultural landscape.

This region remains among the least studied parts of Colorado; this is particularly true for the southern portions of the San Luis Valley and the Rio Grande corridor. This project helped support the BLM’s management capacity in the region and helped avocational archaeologists earn their fieldwork hours to meet the certification requirements of the Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification program.



La Botica Site. This exceptionally large and complex archaeological site located in the La Jara Canyon; preserves a unique record of American Indian lifeways spanning at least 8000 years. The site is an important locality for the San Luis Valley’s Hispano residents, who have gathered medicinal plants there in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The demonstrated complexity and time depth of the site’s occupation, combined with its unique biological setting, make La Botica one of the most significant sites in the San Luis valley.  The Paleocultural Research Group’s multi-disciplinary project aimed to better understand the site’s place in the regional cultural landscape as well as the factors that have shaped it over time. There primary goal was to better document the site and its current condition, and to gather the baseline data needed to reconstruct the history of human use and changes in the local plant community.

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.