3:28 pm - Monday December 18, 2017

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Announces 2nd round of Heritage Grants

 APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:   August 15th – awards announced September 30


The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Board of Directors announces the second round of Heritage Grants available to local organizations working to promote the mission of the National Heritage Area by restoring historic buildings, providing interpretation, restoring or 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 Tourism and encourage visitors to experience the spirit and pride of self-reliance Valley residents have used to create one of the best places to live and raise a family.


Grant applications are available on the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area website @

http://sdcnha.org/ or contact the Executive Director at 719-580-2768.



Grants from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (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 will be limited to 20% of the total project budget, not to exceed $25,000.00. A maximum request of 50% of the project budget (at or below the $25,000 limit) may be considered for projects with substantial community impact or heritage preservation significance. The selection process is competitive, and applicants are encouraged to develop proposals carefully.  The review process will be completed within approximately six weeks of the application deadlines, and applicants are notified of their award status in writing.


APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Postmarked or delivered by hand):

August 15th deadline – award announced by September 30th


The Heritage Area has worked diligently over the last two years to support local restoration, interpretation, scenic and recreational resources in the three county area.  Projects that have been awarded grants for financial support from the Heritage Area are:  Antonito Depot, Alamosa Masonic Hall, Alamosa Community Gardens, La Puente, Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center, Alamosa County Convention and Visitor Bureau, Paleo Cultural Research Group – Baca Mountain Tract of the Rio Grande National Forest, Los Caminos Antiguos, Adams State University Field School, SW Conservation Corps, Local Foods Coalition, Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association, and the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust.


The 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 fourth 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



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