As we all know, money can be a hard thing to find for cemetery projects, either because the cemetery management is unable to put aside any more of a budget, or you are just part of a small group of individuals with a lot of work to do and have no formal backers. Every site is different, because the communities, environments and supporters are all different – so while we can’t give you every option here on the website, we should be able to help you locate additional funding opportunities by contacting us and explaining your situation. But for now, below are a few options for you to get started in the planning process.
The State Historical Fund was created by the 1990 constitutional amendment allowing limited gaming in the towns of Cripple Creek, Central City, and Black Hawk. The amendment directs that a portion of the gaming tax revenues be used for historic preservation throughout the state. Funds are distributed through a competitive process and all projects must demonstrate strong public benefit and community support. Grants vary in size, from a few hundred dollars to amounts in excess of $200,000. The State Historical Fund assists in a wide variety of preservation projects including restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, architectural assessments, archaeological excavations, designation and interpretation of historic places, preservation planning studies, and education and training programs. We have examples of successful grant applications specific to cemetery preservation and documentation projects, so just send us a request and we’ll be happy to provide copies for your project(s). Grant Applications are due every April 1st, and October 1st.
Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. The National Trust is particularly interested in projects that relate to the preservation priorities listed below. If your project relates to any of these issues, please explain the connection in your narrative. Grant Applications are due every February 1st, June 1st, and October 1st.