Hurricane Harvey Disaster Assistance

Hurricane Harvey Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund Grant Program

Damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded Texas a $12,318,047 Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund grant for historic preservation projects. The emergency grant program will address damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is managing the grant program for the State of Texas.

The Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (HIM ESHPF) grant program is competitive. THC will award grants to qualified applicants, and will coordinate with grantees and the NPS.

A Texas application guide will be posted on this page in March 2019.

These emergency grants do not require matching monies. Certain project costs are paid as a reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred by the grantee. Projects funded under this program constitute “undertakings” as defined by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended (54 U.S.C. 306108), and all projects receiving repair assistance must enter into a preservation agreement or preservation easement as part of accepting the grant award. Additionally, if a property is not listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the time of a grant award, a nomination must be produced, reviewed, and accepted by THC staff before final project costs are reimbursed.

Types of Preservation Grants

Examples of eligible activities for emergency grant funding include:

  • Recovery and repair of historic properties (i.e., stabilization, restoration, or preservation);
  • Survey and inventory of historic-age properties to determine National Register eligibility, degree of damage; and,
  • Provide preparedness for future disasters, which can include planning and historic preservation educational activities.

Who May Apply?

HIM ESHPF grant applications can be made by any public, private, or nonprofit entity that is the owner of an eligible property, or any public, private, or nonprofit entity whose purpose includes historic preservation.

Project/Property Eligibility

To be considered eligible, projects must fit into one of the bulleted project types listed above and must focus on buildings, structures, objects, districts, landscapes, or archeological sites that are listed in the National Register or are eligible to be listed.

Application Process

All applicants are required to submit application forms and supporting information for the THC to review prior to the deadline. The THC will select the highest priority projects and forward agency recommendations to the NPS for final approval. Successful applicants will continue the process by entering into a contract with the THC and working collaboratively until project completion and final reimbursement. Applicants must agree to follow all rules and conditions of the THC and NPS Historic Preservation Fund grant manuals, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Review Process

An interdisciplinary panel of THC staff will review the applications and project proposals, and the THC Commissioners/Executive Committee will approve grant awards based, in part, on recommendations by a Commission Advisory Board. The NPS must also evaluate and approve all grant applications involving a National Historic Landmark and proposed awards of $25,000 or greater.

Deadline

The final deadline for grant applications is 5 p.m., May 24, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.

Applications will be accepted starting March 18, 2019.  Completed applications will be reviewed for consideration at the April and July Texas Historical Commission Quarterly Commissioner’s Meetings.   

The deadline for consideration at the April Quarterly Commissioner’s Meeting is April 1, 2019.  We recognize this deadline creates a short timeframe for application development.  We encourage applications for all eligible projects be submitted as soon as they can be made ready.  However, due to the short timeframe, it may be most feasible to submit applications for projects that are ready for construction, projects where work is underway, or projects for which work has already been completed.

The deadline for consideration at the July Quarterly Commissioner’s Meeting is May 24, 2019.  This is the final deadline for application submissions.  We have no way of anticipating the application response volume.  We hope to award the entire planning and development allocation to successful grant applicants.  If the THC does not receive sufficient applications, the Commissioners may, or may not, take action at the July Quarterly Commissioner’s Meeting to offer another call for applications.  We strongly encourage all applicants to submit applications at the earliest possible time.

Additional Information

This emergency grant has a three-year cycle for project completion. The agency hopes to commit all of its funds during its April 15–16, 2019 and July 18–19, 2019 Commission Meetings. All unallocated funds must be returned to the NPS for redistribution by August 31, 2019.

For more information, call the THC’s Division of Architecture at 512-463-6000, or email lisa.hart@thc.texas.gov.