VALLEY — The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Board of Directors announced the first 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/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 engender a spirit of pride and self-reliance, and create a legacy in the Colorado counties of Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla.
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 wayfinding, 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 percent of the total project budget, not to exceed $25,000.00, provided resources are available. A maximum request of 50 percent 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 very 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):
April 1st deadline – award announced by May 15th (February 1 deadline will commence in 2014)
August 1st deadline – award announced by September 15th .
The Heritage Area has worked diligently over the last two years to support local restoration, interpretation, scenic and recreational resources in the three county region. 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, and Los Caminos Antiguos.
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 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
For more information about the SdCNHA Grant program, contact Christina Gallegos, executive director – Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area: 376-6760 or Cgallegos@sdcnha.org P.O. Box 844, Alamosa, CO 81101,info@SDCNHA.org