National Parks Service Grant Awarded


(May 25, 2022 — Denver, Colorado) – The National Park Service just announced they will be awarding Colorado Preservation, Inc (CPI) a grant of $750,000 to fund a rural revitalization historic preservation subgrant program within the organization.  CPI received the grant through the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant program, which awarded $7.275 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,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “With these funds, our state, Tribal, local government, and non-profit partners can develop subgrant programs and select individual projects that will support the economic development goals and needs in their communities.”

“We are thrilled to receive this incredible grant and for the opportunities it creates for preservation projects across the state,” Colorado Preservation, Inc. Executive Director Jennifer Orrigo Charles said. “With these funds CPI will be able to create a subgrant program open to private property owners, nonprofit organizations and municipalities with over $600,000 to award for catalyst projects in rural communities across the state.  Eligible projects must be either 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 will officially open February 2023 to coincide with CPI’s annual Saving Places Conference.”

These 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. State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments, and nonprofits were eligible to apply for funding to create a subgrant program to fund multiple preservation projects in their rural jurisdictions. Congress appropriates funding for the program through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF, authorized through 2023, uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

To see the full list of grantees, go to

For more information on CPI and the subgrant program contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at [email protected] and stay tuned for updates on CPI’s website

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Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) is Colorado’s nonprofit historic preservation advocacy organization. Founded in 1984, CPI promotes historic preservation statewide by providing information, education, training, expertise, and advocacy. CPI administers Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List, presents the annual Saving Places® Conference, hosts the Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards recognizing excellence in historic preservation, conducts surveys of historic resources, and maintains an active presence in the state legislature. CPI also assists in grant administration and project management, and undertakes rehabilitation and adaptive use projects that serve as models for preservation statewide. Learn more at

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