Colorado Preservation Inc. gets $750,000 for historic preservation in rural communities

Margaret Jackson

(Courtesy of Colorado Preservation Inc.)

By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) A $750,000 grant from the National Park Service will enable Colorado Preservation Inc. (CPI) to help rural communities across the state with historic preservation projects.

CPI received the grant through the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant program, which awarded $7.3 million to 11 recipients in 10 states to support economic development through the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country.

“The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants program fosters economic development in rural communities through the rehabilitation of historic buildings,” National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said. “With these funds, our state, tribal, local government and nonprofit partners can develop subgrant programs and select individual projects that will support the economic development goals and needs in their communities.”

With the grant, CPI will create a subgrant program open to private property owners, nonprofit organizations and municipalities. The program will have more than $600,000 to award for catalyst projects in communities across the state.

Eligible projects must be individually listed or determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings listed as contributing to a National Register Historic District also qualify. Applications open in February 2023 to coincide with CPI’s annual Saving Places conference.

“We are thrilled to receive this incredible grant and for the opportunities it creates for preservation projects across the state,” CPI Executive Director Jennifer Orrigo Charles said.

The grants mark the fourth year of funding for the program honoring the late Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont for nearly 40 years.

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