Texas Preservation Trust Fund

Damage in Galveston caused by hurricanesThe Texas Historical Commission (THC) awards grants for preservation projects from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF) on a yearly basis. The purpose of the Fiscal Year 2018 Texas Preservation Trust Fund Emergency Grant Program is to provide grant funding to historic properties and archeological resources in the state-declared disaster area that sustained damage from Hurricane Harvey. 

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the evening of August 25, 2017, near Rockport, Texas. Maximum sustained winds in Harvey’s eyewall were 130 mph at that time, making it a Category 4. Wind gusts from Harvey near its landfall point topped 100 mph in many locations, leading to widespread destruction of homes and buildings. Pounding waves on top of Harvey’s storm surge inundated parts of the Texas Coastal Bend, resulting in severe damage in some areas. Harvey was the strongest landfall in this area since Hurricane Carla in September 1961. Harvey’s extreme slow movement August 26 – 30 kept a surge of moisture into southeast Texas for days resulting in catastrophic flooding. The flooding has caused one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history. Harvey caused unprecedented damage to Texas’ housing, business, infrastructure, health and social services, the environment, and historic properties.

TPTF Emergency Grant Program Application Packet Available for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Assistance

The THC awarded a first round of emergency grants totaling $165,000 in January 2018. Read the THC blog post and press release to find out more about the grant projects. The amount remaining for emergency grants is approximately $65,000. The THC will accept applications on a rolling basis until the final deadline of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

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