Foundation / Corporation
Texas Historical Foundation (THF)
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations and government agencies for historic preservation projects. Possible projects may include the restoration of historic properties and documents, scholarly publications, education, interpretation, and outreach.
Texas Historical Foundation grants provide seed money to help organizations save their own pieces of the state’s past.
Proposals for the following types of projects are considered quarterly:
-Historic property restoration
-Events promoting state history to the general public
-Preservation of artifacts, archival materials, or legal documents
-Texas history curriculum in classrooms
-Publications and scholarly research in Texas history
For projects involving structural restoration, the Texas Historical Foundation strongly urges applicants to follow the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties as guidance for decision-making about work or changes to a historic property. The Standards are frequently cited and referenced by federal, state, and local agencies, as well as used by professionals in the history field.
It is important that each proposal show a strong record of community support. Each application should demonstrate that area residents, local businesses and/or community leaders have endorsed the project by volunteering, donating to the cause, or assisting otherwise.
Another factor that the board takes into account is a project’s longevity. For bricks‐and‐mortar projects, consideration is given to the resources put in place that will maintain the property after restoration, either through revenue generated by use of the property or through other means (funds held in a trust).
GrantWatch ID#: 158778
Grant requests in the range of $1,000 to $5,000 are suggested.
The Foundation does not consider applications from individuals, businesses, or organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status with the following exceptions: religious organizations and city/county/state historical agencies.
City and county governments may apply; however, historically, proposals from government entities have not been approved.
For projects involving restorations of structures the applicant must own the property. Please note the Foundation has no record of approving requests involving property easements.
THF will not consider funding requests for capital campaigns, general operating expenses, or underwriting fundraising events.
While a fund match is certainly desirable and encouraged, there is not a standard requirement that grant funds be matched. However, under certain circumstances, THF may make the grant conditional upon the applicant raising either a matching amount or the remaining balance of funding needed to complete the project before the grant money is dispersed.
An organization is encouraged to demonstrate the ability to obtain to the financial resources necessary to ensure the project’s completion. The Foundation board likes to see that grant requests (including those that are pending or have been denied) have been made to other funders and that other methods of fundraising (letter writing campaigns, barbecues, garage sales) are planned or have already taken place. The grant application provides an organization the opportunity to list this information.
Grant applications must be received at the THF office by the first day of the following months: March, June, September, and December.
The full board votes on proposals at the quarterly meeting typically held during the third week of the month following each submission deadline (January, April, July, and October). An organization will receive notification of the decision by mail within 7 to 10 business days following the board meeting.
-December 1: Announced mid-January
-March 1: Announced mid-April
-June 1: Announced mid-July
-September 1: Announced mid-October
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Texas Historical Foundation
P.O. Box 50314
Austin, Texas 78763