Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) has opened its 2023 grant application cycle. Grants awarded from SdCNHA are intended to encourage local cultural and historic heritage preservation activities, educational programs and support Heritage Tourism within the heritage area. 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.

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is administered by a non-profit board of volunteers who represent Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla counties. Heritage area grants are available to local schools, municipalities, and non-profits annually. 

The selection process is competitive, and applicants are encouraged to develop proposals carefully utilizing SdCNHA’s Management Plan Goals and Objectives. You can find these resources on the management plan page –

Funding of up to $25,000 is available. Applications and Guidelines can be found at SdCNHA funds development projects, archeology projects, survey and planning projects, and education projects. Development projects involve excavation, preservation, stabilization, restoration, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of a designated property or site. 

Two examples of development projects funded by SdCNHA are the Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Denver and Rio Grande Depot at Antonito and Coach 256. Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Denver and Rio Grande Depot in Antonito was an exterior rehabilitation, which included stucco repair and stone repointing.  In addition, the historic exterior lighting was restored and new low profile, wood storm windows were fabricated and installed over the restored historic wood windows.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply for the 2023 grant cycle. Please contact Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area if you have an idea for a grant or have any questions about the grant process. Email inquiries to, or call us (719) 580-7366. You can also visit the SdCNHA office at 231 State Avenue in Alamosa.

Applicants will be notified of status in October of 2022 and funding will be available in 2023.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, by 5 p.m. (Postmarked: SdCNHA, P.O. Box 844, Alamosa, CO 81101, or delivered by hand – 231 State Avenue, Alamosa, CO).

Visit  for more information about the mission, vision, and a list of past grants awarded by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.

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