Grant Information

Certified Local Government (CLG) Grants

CLG grants provide funding to participating city and county governments to develop and sustain an effective local preservation program critical to preserving local historic resources. Activities eligible for CLG grant funding must be tied to the statewide comprehensive preservation planning process. A copy of the Texas Historical Commission Statewide Preservation Plan can be found on our web site.

Priority for funding shall be given to those projects that directly relate to the following work categories:

  • Architectural, historical, archeological surveys/inventories and oral histories
  • Preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
  • Preparation of a local preservation plan
  • Writing or amending preservation ordinance
  • Development of local design guidelines
  • Research and development of local preservation incentive program
  • Travel/training expenses for hosting a regional preservation-related workshop

The above list should not dissuade an applicant from applying for assistance towards other eligible projects such as:

  • Research and development of historic context information
  • Development of educational publications and activities, slide shows, videos, web sites, etc.
  • Publication of historic context information
  • Development of publication of walking/driving tours
  • Development of architectural drawings and specifications
  • Preparation of facade studies or condition assessments
  • Projects may be prepared by consultants or developed with in-house expertise
  • Rehabilitation or restoration of properties individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places or contributing to a National Register historic district
  • Travel/training expenses for individual commission members and staff*

* Because the THC is required to distribute CLG funds among the maximum number of eligible local jurisdictions, please note that individual travel/training grant requests will only be considered under exceptional or unusual circumstances.

All CLG grants require a local cash match budgeted on a one-to-one (dollar for dollar) match equal to a 50-50 ratio for the total cost of the project. Proposed projects utilizing all or partial matches of verifiable in-kind services or goods may also qualify as long as the local match equals a 50-50 ratio for the total cost of the project. Only non-federal monies may be used as a match, with the exception of Community Development Block Grants.

Who Can Apply?

Cities and county governments that have been individually "certified" by the National Park Service as CLGs (prior to the time of their grant application) are eligible to apply for CLG grants. County CLGs may apply to assist non-CLG cities within their jurisdiction. CLGs may also partner together to facilitate larger projects such as public workshops or hiring a consultant to perform services for multiple CLGs. The grants may also be sponsored by CLGs by delegating a third-party organization such as another unit of local government, a commercial firm, a non-profit entity, or educational institution to administer it. The contributed services of the third party to the CLG may be counted toward the matching share requirements of the grant. 


FY2019 CLG Grant application material will be posted in the summer of 2018. 

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of agency staff based on specific criteria outlined in the application manual and approved by the THC.

Source of Funding

CLG grants are provided by the Texas Historical Commission (THC), the state agency for historic preservation, annually to assist CLGs through grants from the Historic Preservation Fund of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. At least ten percent of this annual allocation is set aside by THC for distribution solely to CLGs.

Funding Amount

Typically, grants range from $2,000 to $30,000.

For more information, email the grants coordinator or call 512.463.9063.