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2024 Community Grants Awarded

By November 27, 2023January 22nd, 2024News

The Cache la Poudre River NHA awarded almost $30,000 to local and regional partners for community benefiting projects in 2024. Every year, the Cache la Poudre River NHA provides funding to local and regional partners in support of projects, programs, and events that benefit the community and further the mission of Cache NHA. The goal of the Community Projects program is to honor the history and culture of the Cache la Poudre River and its people.

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Awardee: Historic Larimer County
Project: Emma Malaby Grocery Preservation Plan
Amount: $8,000

The Emma Malaby Store (313 N. Meldrum St., Fort Collins) was built in 1881 at 146 N. College Ave. to be used as a photography studio followed by the millinery (hat making) store. After being moved to its current location in 1906, it served as a neighborhood grocery until 1943.

Now in need of a full rehabilitation, HLC has engaged a historic preservation architect to lead a full assessment of the building. The funding will allow HLC to create a preservation plan that addresses the building’s rehabilitation needs. Part of the cost will be covered by a grant from History Colorado’s State Historical Fund. HLC plans to use the building as its headquarters, hosting meetings and events, for preservation research and support, and as a mini museum focusing upon the history of neighborhood groceries in Fort Collins.

Awardee: Colorado State University
Project: Poudre Trail History, Interpretive Recommendations & Story Map
Amount: $6,497

This project will produce a history of the Poudre River Trail from the construction of its earliest segments in the 1970s to the present (with a short preamble about precursor ideas in the early- and mid-1970s). The project team will conduct research in a wide array of primary and secondary source materials (primarily from archival, City, and County records). The proposed project will complete up to 5 oral history interviews, which will inform the research for the trail history, a brief list of interpretation recommendations, and a Story Map that takes viewers through the expansion of the Poudre River Trail over time.

Awardee: Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed
Project: Lower Cache Priority Reach
Amount: $15,000- continuation grant $5k every year for 3 years

In 2017, CPRW worked with the Lower Poudre Steering Committee to develop a resiliency master plan for the lower Cache la Poudre River (east of I-25 to the confluence with the South Platte). The focus of the plan was to prioritize reaches w/the greatest need for restoration and resiliency building. Using the plan, CPRW and the committee have selected “Reach 16” to complete a 30% design as a project for 2024-2026. The Reach was identified as a prime location for restoration focused on river health, resiliency, and showcasing innovative restoration techniques.

Awardee: Poudre Landmarks Foundation
Project: 1883 Water Works Open House Series
Amount: $7,500

Develop the 1883 Water Works as a cultural asset to engage a more diverse population within the Cache La Poudre Heritage Area through added program materials and site features. This will be achieved through material distribution, an awareness campaign, and site visits during a series of 6 open house experiences in 2024.

Awardee: Town of Windsor Museums
Project: Interpretive Sign Standards and Guidelines for Windsor Historical Sites, Open Spaces, and Trails
Amount: $1,000

The Town of Windsor Museums will work with a contractor to create a set of standards and guidelines for interpretive signage related to Windsor historical sites, open spaces, and trails. The majority of these amenities exist within the Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area.