Lafayette is one of the few communities in Colorado to offer grants to directly support the preservation of older buildings. Since 2014, the Historic Preservation Board has awarded over $26,000 to help defray the cost of maintenance, repairs, and restoration of historic buildings. View the summary presentation and past approved projects.
Application closed until 2023
Apply for a Historic Building Improvement Grant to repair or restore buildings 50 years and older. Grant awards vary from $500 to $2,000.
To be eligible, buildings must be at least 50 years old and within Lafayette city limits, and improvement projects will be considered based on the following criteria:
- Longevity - Impact of the project on the lifespan of the building
- Appearance - Use of historic materials where applicable
- Use of a Lafayette-based business or do-it-yourself (DIY)
- Urgency of need will be assessed
- Research was done on the property (Sources could include Carnegie Library, Miner’s Museum contacts, Lafayette Historical Society, Lafayette’s HPB website, Treeless Plains book, other local history books, old newspaper articles, etc.
- Other relevant issues related to the project and site may be considered
Type of projects
Projects can be structural or cosmetic. Commercial buildings, houses, churches, and outbuildings are eligible. Examples include foundation repair, window or door repair, weather sealing, painting, chimney repair, gutters, roof repair/replacement, reconstruction of historical architectural features, restoration using historical materials. All necessary building permits must be obtained. Projects that use Lafayette-based contractors, or DIY, are encouraged.