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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Heritage Preservation and Education Projects

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Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA)

Deadline Date:

06/01/18 Postmarked or hand-delivered by 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Colorado nonprofits and agencies for local cultural and heritage education and preservation activities in Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla Counties. Eligible projects may be dedicated to preservation, reconstruction, restoration, archaeology, rehabilitation, interpretation and wayfinding, conservation, or recreation with a heritage or cultural emphasis. Funding is also intended to support heritage tourism.

Some project examples are as follows:
- Projects that require professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, natural resource conservation, or historic preservation planning, etc. For example, the services of a real estate development consultant may be required to produce an economic feasibility study for reuse of a threatened structure.
- Development of a curriculum for local history or ethnic heritage for school children.
- Sponsoring a workshop on the preservation of cultural landscapes, architecture, or local traditional arts.
- Restoration or rehabilitation projects that are directly related to local cultural and historic preservation efforts, with specific emphasis on collaboration and effective use of matching funds.
- Community events that celebrate an aspect of the culture or heritage of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) region.
- Interpretive signage and print materials related to the history and heritage of the SdCNHA region.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181568

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will not exceed $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant and project can only begin in 2018. Projects should preferably be completed within one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The SdCNHA will consider funding assistance only to 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations or government (local, state or tribal) or public agencies meeting the criteria detailed below:

1. Eligibility Requirements
All nonprofits shall verify their nonprofit status by submitting appropriate documentation, i.e., IRS tax determination letter confirming status which should also be included in the application packet. Governmentally appointed boards, councils, and committees must submit a letter by the legally authorized representative of the organization (chair or president) stating the authority of the board, council or committee to undertake grant projects and attach a letter of support for the application from the parent organization.

2. Accountability
Grantees shall adhere to accountability standards set by the Board of Directors of the SdCNHA and as required by law. Compliance with these standards is a criterion for funding. These standards include but are not limited to:
- Complying with all financial requirements including the submission of quarterly and final expenditure reports, or audits as specified by the contract.
- Complying with all terms and conditions of the contract including meeting all deadlines for reporting and project completion.
- Attend a grant orientation.

3. Funding Eligibility
- A nonprofit or public agency, governmentally appointed board, council, or committee must have operated for at least two years by December 31st of the year preceding the application deadline.
- Applicants may use a fiscal agent, who shares a similar mission as the applicant, to meet the program requirements for eligibility. However, the fiscal agent must be able to meet the eligibility requirements, assume all reporting and financial responsibilities and provide a letter stating support for the project and the acceptance of such responsibilities.
- SdCNHA funding must be dedicated to approved project expenses; the organization will not utilize the SdCNHA funding for general operating expenses or other expenses deemed non-allowable.
- In general, SdCNHA’s participation in any project will be capped at 20% of the total project budget. The applicant must commit to making available the necessary funds to complete the project in accordance with the Project Budget.

Ineligible activities:
- Projects located outside the current established boundaries of the SdCNHA
- Privately owned and operated historical resources and/ or attractions
- Political lobbying
- Acquisition of property

Ineligible expenses:
- General operating expenses, including staff salaries outside of project scope.
- Fundraising costs and lobbying costs.
- Catering, food and beverage, entertainment costs.
- Expenses incurred prior to the award date.
- Gifts, memorabilia, or promotional items.
- Any expenses outside the specific Scope of Work
- Acquisition or any interest in property.
- Administrative and cost principles outlined in 2CFR 200 accessible online:

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is June 1, 2018, postmarked or delivered by hand by 5:00 PM.

The review process is completed within approximately six weeks of the application deadlines, and applicants will be notified of their award status in writing by August 30.

Match requirement: SdCNHA grant requests must not exceed 20% of the proposed total project budget. Applicants shall provide a list of other sources and funding amounts available to the overall project. No greater than twenty-five percent (25%) of these non-federal matching funds may be in-kind contributions or services; at least fifty percent (50%) of funds expended to meet the SdCNHA matching funds requirement will be non-federal cash funds.

The grant award shall be disbursed to the Grantee on a reimbursement basis.

Applicants are encouraged to develop proposals carefully utilizing the Heritage Area Management Plan Goals and Objectives, found on the Management Plan page:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications and attachments should be mailed or hand delivered to the SdCNHA by the stipulated deadline at the address noted below:
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area – Grants
P.O. Box 844
Alamosa, CO 81101

Tori Martinez, Executive Director
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
(719) 580-4070

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla Counties