Call for Grant Applications

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) is pleased to announce our 2018 call for Heritage Grant applications. Our grants are available to local organizations working to promote the mission of the National Heritage Area.

Our desire is to share the culturally diverse stories of our area, because we believe that stories are the backbone of identity and culture. The work of our past grantees has been to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote the unique stories of people, places, and resources within this area and the San Luis Valley.

Deadline for Submission:

Heritage Grants are available to local organizations and applications are available on our website ( Submissions for our 2018 call for grant applications will be accepted starting March 1, 2017. The deadline to submit a grant application is June 1, 2017. Funding available up to $25,000.

Funding Scope:

Grants from the SdCNHA are intended to encourage local cultural and historic heritage preservation activities and educational programs and support Heritage Tourism in Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla counties. Our past grantees have used grant funds to restore historic buildings; provide interpretation; restore or promote scenic and recreational resources; and used various forms to document culturally significant components of the way of life in the San Luis Valley. Please see our website for our mission, vision, and a list of past grants we’ve awarded.

View and download our application and guidelines at:

2018 Heritage Grant Opportunities

About our Organization:

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is administered by a non-profit board of volunteers who represent Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla Counties. Board meetings are open to the public and occur on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m., in our in rotation between Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla counties. Contact our office for more information.

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SdCNHA Photo Contest

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) is hosting a photo contest. Show us your Heritage Area! We would like to showcase the area through the eyes of the people who live in it. SdCNHA is committed to a future for history and heritage we want to see it through your eyes. We’d like to know: “What does Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area mean to you?” Is it in the towns? Is it in the forest or the parks in your area? Are there people, culture, or the tiniest details in it? How do you live? Capture those vibrant moments and express what the Heritage Area means to you!

The SdCNHA is a nonprofit organization that includes more than 3000 square miles of south central Colorado. The mission of the SdCNHA is to promote, preserve, protect, and interpret its profound historical, religious, environmental, geographic, geologic, cultural, and linguistic resources. These efforts will contribute to the overall national story, engender a spirit of pride and self-reliance, and create a legacy in the Colorado counties of Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla.

SdCNHA Photo Contest will be open February 18, 2017 – March 10, 2017.

Photos must be submitted to our email See official rules at

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Entering SdCNHA


In Partnership with Colorado Department of Transportation, the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area has installed new road signage. These new signs mark the boundaries of the Heritage Area for visitors coming into the San Luis Valley.


We would like to thank CDOT for collaborating with us to install these signs at all entry ways. We would also like to thank Rick Manzanares and the SdCNHA board for their dedicated time and effort on this project.

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SdCNHA Executive Director Victoria Martinez

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Announces New Executive Director


The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, a nonprofit organization providing an integrated and cooperative approach for the protection, enhancement, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, historic, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area, has announced the selection of Victoria Martinez as its new executive director.

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is very pleased to announce this appointment. Victoria is a Valley native and will bring leadership and knowledge to the Heritage Area’s programs with her experience in the local communities and non-profits. She has served at other nonprofits at all levels including: program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience.

Tori’s resume includes years of research, published writings, counseling, grant writing, presenting, teaching, and cultural competency. She has a bachelor degree in psychology, sociology, and women’s studies from Adams State University. She is currently working on her master’s in sociology from Arizona State University. Victoria has consulted, assisted and led research projects, and was a teaching assistant at Adams State University. Victoria has presented on a number of topics at educational, organizational, and community events, she is also a member and ambassador of many local and national boards, collations, and societies.

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting, preserving, protecting, and interpreting its profound historical, religious, environmental, geographic, geologic, cultural, and linguistic resources.


Tori Martinez Executive Director

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area


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Historic Preservation/Historian Internship with the SdCNHA and Great Sand Dunes NPP

Expected Hours and Length of Internship: 40 hours/week; 3-month (12 weeks) internship; Timeframe: January-March 2017

Internship Overview:
The intern will be working with the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA), National Park Service Intermountain Region staff, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Staff, and other professional staff or local organizations as assigned. The intern will work primarily on historic preservation projects within the boundaries of the heritage area – including Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla counties, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

The intern will assist with the identification of potential sites within the heritage area for listing on the National Register of Historic Sites. This includes evaluating and prioritizing an inventory of eligible historic properties for the National Register. The intern will prepare preliminary documentation for National Register applications that will require research, and/or interviews to gather all documentation necessary for the process. The intern will communicate with public land managers at the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, as well as with County Assessors in all three counties, heritage area board members, community members, and other professionals as needed. The intern will coordinate efforts with the Office of Archaeology and Preservation (OAHP), History Colorado to obtain correct forms, and understand nomination requirements and the approval process.

This project is part of the heritage area’s goal to identify heritage assets and historic sites within the heritage area to provide the public with a deeper understanding of this unique national park site. It also allows Great Sand Dunes to provide public programming on this significant NPS area, a site that is not often talked about in ranger programming. It supports and enhances the interpretive goals of both national park sites and provides the intern with opportunities for professional development with multiple, diverse partners.

During the internship, 2-3 public presentations will be scheduled in communities within the heritage area to promote and market heritage assets and/or historic sites that are eligible for national register of historic places list. The intern will conduct these presentations to promote the heritage area experience that this unique area has to offer. The intern will receive interpretive presentation training by National Park Service staff. These presentations along with the clearinghouse of historic assets and historic sites will be made available on the heritage area’s website.

– Must be a graduate level student or recent graduate at an accredited university or college
– Degree or coursework must be related to historic preservation, including but not limited to public history, history, anthropology, education, or museum studies
– Must be 18-35 years of age; under the age of 26 to qualify for the AmeriCorps Segal Education Award
– Must be able to pass a general background check
– Must possess a valid Driver’s License and have a clean driving record
– Knowledge using historic research techniques
– Adept at writing technical reports
– Possess public speaking skills
– Experience using MS Office programs – powerpoint, word, excel

Location of Internship:

The internship will be located in Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area & Great Sand Dunes NPP, near Alamosa, Colorado. Housing is available at Great Sand Dunes or the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, free of charge, for eligible applicants residing/commuting outside a 60-mile radius of Alamosa.


This is a paid internship with an anticipated wage range of $12-14/hour. By the end of the internship, the intern will receive an education award (if under the age of 26) and will have noncompetitive federal hiring status under the Public Land Corps Authority (expires 120 days after completion of the internship).

How to Apply:

Interested candidates may submit applications to Alexandra Hernandez, Regional National Heritage Areas Coordinator, at Applications must include a cover letter, résumé, and 2-3 references. Applications are due Monday, December 26, 2016.

Additional information about the programs can be found by visiting the following websites:

National Heritage Areas Program:
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area:
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve:

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SdCNHA Board of Directors Application

Prospective applicants should attend the monthly SdCNHA Board of Directors meeting at 623 4th Street, Alamosa, CO 81101. Contact office for more info on meeting date and location. Please submit applications electronically to





The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) Board of Directors announces the opportunity for local residents to become engaged in a leadership role. The Board is looking to fill possible openings for residents of Conejos and Costilla counties. Volunteers in these positions represent the voice of citizens in support of local heritage preservation efforts and the community oriented mission of the Heritage Area and are willing to commit to one meeting per month and participation on sub-committees. Local projects have included historic building rehabilitation, interpretation of historic and scenic/recreational sites, educational programming and cultural events, and documentation of culturally significant components of traditional ways of life. These efforts seek to contribute to community building or heritage tourism, promote a spirit of pride and create a legacy in the Colorado counties of Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla.

Interested parties should submit an application (located above) as well as a current resume to For more information call Julie at 719.580.5016.

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SdCNHA Executive Director

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) was formed through federal legislation that will preserve and promote the cultural, historical, and recreational resources of Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla counties in the San Luis Valley.


Professional Opportunities


San Luis Valley, CO


$45,000 – $50,000 annually

Position Description

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is seeking a highly motivated individual who is interested in overseeing the management of the non-profit organization.

Position Summary

Plan, organize, lead, manage, and evaluate the mission and the work of the organization. Develop strategic plans for programs, funding, staffing, and development of the mission and work of the organization. Lead and manage the work of the Board, volunteers, and staff to fulfill the mission and achieve key results established through plans. Implement and manage projects related to an approved management plan for the organization. Cultivate, maintain and develop relationships with constituencies and partners on local, state and national levels to assure effective program performance.

Position offered is full-time.

Reporting Relationship

The position reports to the Board of Directors of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implements and communicates the mission and creates a vision for the organization throughout the National Heritage Area.
  • Develops and directs both long range strategic program plans and a comprehensive annual business plans and budget for the organization in accordance with the Management Plan.
  • Oversees fundraising activities including membership drives, annual endowment campaigns, grant proposals to government corporations and private foundations, and the planning and supervision of special fund raising events.
  • Directs and supervises all governmental relationships including legislative coordination at the state and federal level as well as contact with representatives of local, state and federal offices, commissions, bureaus, and services.
  • Provides leadership and direction for heritage development programs, services, finances, communication and constituency relationships.
  • Manages and coordinates the work of paid staff, volunteer, staff, and consultants including their recruitment, selection, orientation, and evaluation.
  • Designs, develops, administers, and evaluates policies and procedures for the appropriate conduct of corporate and business operations including planning, budgeting, marketing, fund development, evaluation of programs, and contact administration.
  • Works cooperatively in development efforts in creation of case statements and functional fund development programs that support the budget and financial plans of the organization.
  • Identifies, encourages, and coordinates the activities and programs of the organization with local, regional, state, national, or international groups whose activities are complimentary to, or whose activities may be beneficial to, the organization.
  • Directs staff in the marketing of the organization’s programs and services and evaluates their effectiveness.
  • Provides staff support for Board committees of the organization, including the preparation of agendas, reports, notices, and records of meetings.
  • Provides staff support to the Board of Directors, including the preparation of agendas, reports, notices and records of meetings.
  • Administers and manages the development, application, negotiation, and evaluation of grants, loans, and contracts for organization.
  • Implements and manages projects related to the approved Management Plan, including the oversight of a project’s scope of work and budget.
  • Prepares, in consultation with the Board of Directors and staff, an annual workplan and budget.
  • Prepares an annual report on the progress, accomplishments, services, and benefits of the organization.
  • Develops community consensus and maintains a positive project image with media and the community through regular briefings for civic and special interest groups, informational media, outreach activities, presentations at community events, and media contacts and follow-up.
  • Resolve complex, politically sensitive problems encountered in performance of work assignments.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Maintains a professional relationship and communicates with the National Park Service, the cognizant Federal agency for the organization.

Knowledge of:

  • Computer hardware, software, and peripherals to enter, retrieve, research, and manage budget and grant compliance, development of brochures/ pamphlets, news release, and related software. Common applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Financial management and budget development practices and procedures.
  • Spanish language (Bi-lingual is preferred but no required).

Skills In:

  • Effective oral and written communications.
  • Ability to lead, supervise and delegate duties to organizational staff, Board of Directors (as applicable), etc.
  • Handle and prioritize multiple task or priorities.
  • Negotiate and mediate multiple contracts and agreements among Federal, State, Regional, community, private foundations and private developers or organizations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Project management from implementation, monitoring and completion.

Physical Requirements/ Work Environment

  • Extensive public speaking is involved.
  • SdCNHA is comprised of three counties, so some travel within the NHA is required. Additional travel to national conference, regional or state meetings may also be required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, history, architecture, or a related field, or equivalent qualifications and background in related field.
  • Three years of progressive administration experience in managing budgets, programs, staff, programs implementation with demonstrated interest in cultural or heritage tourism.
  • Demonstrated skills in communication, leadership, management negotiation, budgeting, and program evaluation.
  • Interest and knowledge of local heritage, cultural tourism, interpretation, and economic development as it relates to the mission and work of the organization.
  • Deep commitment to learning and personal professional development.

Salary/ Benefits

Annual starting salary is approximately $45,000 – $50,000. Standard benefits package may include vacation/sick leave, health insurance allowance, etc.

Open until:

Position filled.

How to apply:

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Executive Director will be responsible for planning and directing the mission and work of the NHA. Submission must include a cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Nick Saenz, SdCNHA President, P.O. Box 844, Alamosa, CO 81101. Job candidates must be willing to undergo a background check.

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SdCNHA History Scholarships


The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) provides scholarships to students in the Colorado History Day Regional and State Competition. Students project who place first must have a topic or theme related to the San Luis Valley in any category.

The mission of the SdCNHA is to promote, preserve, protect and interpret the history, cultures, and heritage of Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla counties and protected lands.


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2015 Annual Report

The SdCNHA 2015 Annual Report is available online:

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2016 SdCNHA Friend-Raiser

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