The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Board of Directors has awarded $65,400 in Heritage Grants to local projects and communities. Grants were 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. The efforts of these groups will support Heritage Tourism in Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla counties. Grants from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) are intended to encourage local cultural and historic heritage preservation activities and educational programs.
The Heritage Area has worked diligently over the last two years to support local restoration, interpretation, scenic and recreational resources in the three counties. 2012 Projects provided additional investments of over $1,484,518.00, from other funding sources (such as History Colorado) contributing to restoration as well as our local economy.
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area will award $65,400 to the following groups and projects:
SW Conservation Corps – Summer youth employment on local conservation projects.
Costilla County Economic Development Council for the Sangre de Cristo Cultural Heritage Center – Construction documents for Phase II
Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association – Acequia Handbook and 2013 Acequi Congresso
Rio Grande Headwaters – Conservation easement on the Conejos River
Adams State University – Archeology Field School at Ft. Massachusets
San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition – Healthy Habits @ Farmers Markets +
Trujillo Homestead – Stable restoration
A second round of grants will be distributed in the fall with an August 1st deadline, and awards announced by September 15th. Applications are available on the website at: http://sdcnha.org
Please feel free to contact our offices at 719-376-6760 for more information.
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is administered by a non-profit board of volunteers who represent Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla Counties. Board meetings are open to the public and occur on the last Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. The location changes every month. Please check the website for up to date information: www.sdcnha.org