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Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF)

Grants to Texas Public and Private Entities for
Historic Preservation and Heritage Education

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Texas Historical Commission

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07/12/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to Texas public and private entities for historical preservation projects throughout the State. An initial application must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support activities involving planning, surveying, acquisition, preservation, restoration, and heritage education. Projects will result in the preservation of historic, archeological, and architectural properties and collections.

By submitting an application to the Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF) grant program, applicants are notifying the Texas Historical Commission of heritage education needs in their community and advising them of endangered historic properties and archeological sites that may soon be lost if this valuable assistance is not provided. This plays an important role in preserving significant historic resources and providing heritage education across Texas.

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.

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.

Eligible Projects:


- Acquisition: Funding to acquire absolute ownership of eligible threatened archeological resources; may include the purchase price of the property and related costs, such as appraisal fees, closing costs, survey fees, and other professional fees if approved by the THC.

- Curatorial: Funding for professional inventory and/or rehabilitation of state-associated held-in-trust archeological collections (such as conservation, processing, cataloging, and collections housing improvements) acquired as a result of cultural resource management projects conducted before 1990. Held-in-trust collections refer to those state-associated collections under the authority of the THC that are placed in a curatorial facility for their care and management.

- Development (Preservation): Funding for stabilization or repair of man-made or natural damage sustained at an archeological site, or for protective measures such as fencing or signage.

- Planning: Funding for professional archeological surveys or site investigations, with the subsequent analysis and reporting of results to address specific, significant archeological research issues and assessment needs, and aid in archeological site planning and preservation. Eligible projects are “non-regulatory,” meaning that they are not a part of a state or federal project requiring survey or site investigations. Funding may also be available for the production of an archeological report (again, non-regulatory) that explicitly aids archeological site planning and preservation.


- Acquisition: Funding to acquire absolute ownership of eligible threatened historic architectural resources; may include purchase price of the property and related costs such as appraisal fees, closing costs, survey fees, and other professional fees if approved by the THC.

- Development: Funding for preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of a building or structure, as defined by The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties 2017. Reimbursable costs include professional fees to supervise construction and the THC-approved costs of construction and related expenses.

- Planning: Funding for preparation of property-specific historic structure reports, historic or cultural resource reports, preservation plans, maintenance studies, local and regional preservation plans, architectural plans and specifications, and/or feasibility studies.

- Historic Resource Survey: Funding for a professional survey and report on multiple historic properties for planning purposes leading to historic designations, preservation ordinances, etc..

Heritage Education:

Heritage education preservation grants can be awarded for projects that involve training and education of individuals and organizations about historic resources and proven preservation techniques. Examples of eligible heritage education grant projects include:

- Curriculum development and educator workshops: Development/presentation of preservation-related curriculum for school-aged youth; Development/presentation of professional educator workshops on preservation-related content

- Local or regional community heritage events: Development/presentation of general preservation-related training opportunities; Development/presentation of interactive preservation field school opportunities

- Print/Digital Publications and Resources: Historic sites Interpretive Master Plans; Historic district/county history publication(s) that include historic site location(s) data and cultural history documentation; Regional guides for publicly accessible archeological sites and/or museum archeological exhibits; Enhanced/extended online curriculum resources and activities for school-aged youth and educators

Grant applications are scored in four areas: Endangerment, significance, project viability, and special considerations. (For details on Grant Application Scoring Criteria, see pages 11-12 of the Grant Application listed in Supporting Documents below.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148025

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The THC anticipates grant awards to be in the $10,000–$30,000 range. If positive impact from an emergency project under $10,000 can be demonstrated, it may be considered for funding.

Total grant funds for the 2020 grant cycle earmarked for Galveston County: $105,777.

Term of Contract:

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

Commencement of grant-funded work may not begin prior to the approval of the project proposal, final grant award, and executed funding agreement.

Acquisition of architectural and archeological properties cannot take place prior to the grant award and execution of a funding agreement.

July 30, 2021 is the Deadline to incur reimbursable project expenses for funded projects.

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.

Note regarding the Owner of the property: If the applicant is not the owner of the historic property, then the owner must both be aware of the application and also agree to follow all rules and conditions of the THC that are required for receipt of funds for development or planning projects.

Courthouses: 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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of applications by the THC is 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019.


- January 11, 2019: Deadline to request a preliminary review of grant application.
- January 31, 2019: Deadline for Texas Historical Commission to receive applications.
- March 29, 2019: THC sends project manuals to invite selected applicants to submit a
detailed project proposal.
- July 12, 2019: Deadline for THC to receive project proposals. Completed project proposals must be received in THC offices no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2019.
- September or October 2019: Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF) Advisory Board Meeting to discuss initial ranking of 2020 project proposals. Date to be finalized.
- October 17-18, 2019: Texas Historical Commission Quarterly Meeting (tentative). Public meeting of the THC to consider project proposals and final grant awards.
- November 2019: FY 2020 TPTF project proposal applicants notified of final grant awards.
- July 30, 2021: Deadline to incur reimbursable project expenses for funded projects, make final
application for payment, and submit the project completion report.

To submit the application, send it via email, mail, or hand-delivery to the THC.

Faxed applications will be considered incomplete and are ineligible for funding.

A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of the application by email, USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact Lisa Harvell immediately.

The TPTF Grant Program application process for Fiscal Year 2020 is a two-step process:

1. 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.
2. Successful applicants will continue the process by submitting detailed project proposals by July 12, 2019. Full project proposals will be considered by the THC for final grant awards in October 2019.

Multiple Grant Request:

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.

Eligible Matches for Grant Funding: 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 (July 12, 2019).

For questions about designations and determining eligibility, please contact the History Programs Division.


Contact Information:

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

To submit the application, send it via email, mail, or delivery to:

1. By email:
Subject line: TPTF FY 2020 Grant Application

2. By U.S. Postal Service Mail:

Texas Historical Commission
Architecture Division, Attn: Lisa Harvell
TPTF Grant Application
P.O. Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711-2276

3. By hand delivery or courier service:

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


Lisa Harvell

To confirm eligibility and for questions about designations, contact:

History Programs Division

To verify Architecture and Archeology Divisions regional reviewer contacts, contact:

*Architecture Division: 512-463-6094
History Programs Division: 512-463-5853
*Archeology Division: 512-463-6096

*Ask to speak with the regional reviewer for the county where the site/project is located.

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