Texas Historical Commission Awards Grants for Harvey Recovery

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently awarded $8.1 million in grants to help owners of historic properties in a 41-county area address damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

The funds are part of a $12.3 million grant from the Emergency Supplemental funding from the Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) administered by the National Park Service. The THC allocated $9 million for sub-grants to historic property owners and accepted applications in spring 2019. Four applications were previously approved at the THC’s Quarterly Commission Meeting in May for a total of $900,000. These funds will assist public, private, and nonprofit owners in the rehabilitation of historic properties to pre-hurricane condition, while increasing resiliency against future natural disasters.

Thirty-five projects were preliminarily approved by the Commission in July and eight projects identified as alternates. These projects and the four previously approved in May are widely distributed throughout the FEMA-declared Hurricane Harvey disaster area in the Gulf Coast region. Many recipients are located in the greater Houston, Beaumont, and Galveston areas, as well as near Rockport where Harvey came ashore. Others are distributed further inland where Harvey rains caused intense damage.

“These essential grants will help Texas continue its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey while preserving some of our most treasured historic resources,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission. “This powerful storm caused unprecedented damage, so we’re doing everything we can to shore up these resources and protect them for the future.”

Learn more about the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Assistance Program and view a list of approved projects.