Historic Building Improvement Grant

Previous project improvements, including a garage, house, and window

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

Now accepting grant applications

Apply for a Historic Building Improvement Grant to repair or restore buildings 50 years and older. Grant applications are open until May 23 and no match is required. Grant awards vary from $500 to $2,000. Grant projects must be completed by November 2022. All applicants will be notified in June 2022.

Application process

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. 

Complete the application 

Apply for the grant by May 23 by downloading and completing the grant application