Texas Awarded $12.3 Million to Aid Historic Preservation After Hurricane Harvey

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has launched its Hurricane Harvey Disaster Assistance Program to help historic resources impacted by Harvey, one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history. The State of Texas was recently awarded more than $12.3 million in federal grants from the National Parks Service’s Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (HIM ESHPF).

Owners of historic resources in Texas damaged by the 2017 hurricane can apply for grant funding to supplement costs for projects involving recovery and repair of historic properties; survey and inventory of historic properties to determine National Register eligibility and degree of damage; or disaster readiness, including planning and historic preservation education.

“Preserving its historic resources has always been a top priority for Texas,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission. “We look forward to helping restore treasured properties and places across the state that were impacted by Harvey.”

The THC is accepting grant applications now until 5 p.m., Friday, May 24. Applications will be considered at the THC’s July 26 quarterly meeting in Paris, Texas.

Properties receiving grants must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or be eligible for listing and have a nomination accepted by the THC before final project costs are reimbursed. A cash match is not required.

The emergency grant program application guide is available on the THC’s website at thc.texas.gov/harvey.

For more information, contact the THC’s Architecture Division at 512-463-6094.