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Grants to Texas Entities for
Historic Resource Preservation

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Texas Historical Commission

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07/13/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Texas private and public entities and individuals for preservation initiatives. Applicants must have their initiatives approved before applying. Projects related to underserved entities and the promotion of ethnic diversity are encouraged. Funding is intended for the acquisition, survey, restoration, preservation, or for the planning and educational activities leading to the preservation of historic architectural and archeological properties and associated collections of the State of Texas.

The THC encourages applications for projects that involve properties, sites, or collections that address issues of ethnic diversity and other historically underserved subjects, groups, and property types.

Grant applications are scored in four areas: endangerment, significance, project viability, and special considerations.

Eligible Projects:


  • Acquisition
  • Curatorial
  • Development (Preservation)
  • Planning


  • Acquisition
  • Development
  • Planning
  • Historic Resource Survey

Heritage Education

  • Curriculum development and educator workshops
  • Local or regional community heritage events
  • Print/Digital Publications and Resources

Detailed Project Information:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148025

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The THC anticipates grant awards to be in the $10,000 to $30,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Project work is expected to begin within 90 days of an executed funding agreement and assigned project start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Preservation grants can be made to any public or private entity that is the owner, manager, lessee, maintainer, or potential purchaser of an eligible property, or any public or private entity whose purpose includes historic preservation.

Private Residences: While private property owners are eligible to apply for grant funds, public benefit (such as open access and public use of the property) is a key consideration in grant scoring as part of the Project Viability category.

Courthouses eligible to participate in the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP) program are ineligible to apply for TPTF funding. In emergency situations, courthouses eligible for THCPP grants may apply for TPTF grants when the timing is more advantageous to address the emergency. Courthouses that do not yet have approved master plans may apply for TPTF grants for projects other than preparation of a master plan. Former county courthouses in private or nonprofit ownership remain eligible to apply for TPTF grants.

An applicant may submit no more than one application per grant cycle. The same eligible property or project may receive no more than two consecutive grants and no more than three grants within the span of five grant cycles.

If it can be demonstrated that a positive impact is expected from a project under $10,000, please consider submitting it for consideration.

Projects showing administrative fees and/or indirect costs that exceed 15 percent of the total project cost will not be awarded in the absence of a persuasive explanation showing unique circumstances.

Prior grant awards must be complete, or an applicant must demonstrate good progress on an active grant in order to apply in subsequent grant cycles.

For questions about designations and determining eligibility, contact the History Programs Division in Additional Contacts.

Pre-Application Information:

Preliminary Review (LOI) Deadline: January 17, 2020
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020, by 5:00 PM
Project Proposal Deadline: July 13, 2020

Application Process (two steps):
- All applicants are required to submit an application form to the THC for review. The THC will select the highest-priority projects from the initial applications and invite those applicants to move forward to the second step.
- Successful applicants will continue the process by submitting detailed project proposals by July 13, 2020. Full project proposals will be considered by the THC for final grant awards in October 2020.

Competitive grants are awarded on a one-to-one match basis and are paid as reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred during the project. To be eligible for grant assistance, Applicants must provide a minimum of $1 in cash to match each state dollar of approved project costs. For every $2 spent, $1 is reimbursed, up to the grant amount. For selected applications, the match must be available at the time of project proposal submission deadline. The grant amount will be reimbursed only after approved costs have been expended and documented as required. Be aware that since this is a reimbursement grant, Applicants may need to obtain a loan or other interim funding to pay bills until reimbursed by the state.

Historical Designations:
Projects including buildings/structures, landscapes, archeological sites, or collections associated with archeological sites must have, or be determined eligible for, one of the following historic designations to qualify for funding: National Register of Historic Places, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, State Antiquities Landmark, or Held-in-Trust Collection. See:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email the application to (Subject Line: TPTF FY 2021 Grant Application)

For questions:
Lisa Harvell

Mail the application to:
Texas Historical Commission
Architectural Division, Attn: Lisa Harvell
TPTF Grant Application
PO Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711-2276

Courier the application to:
Texas Historical Commission
Architectural Division, Attn: Lisa Harvell
TPTF Grant Application
108 West 16th St., 2nd Floor
Austin, TX 78701

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