How to Participate



Reference this brief overview of the THCPP program for prospective applicants for more information regarding how to apply, budget and finances, grant awards, etc.. We also recommend the Courthouse FAQs page.


To participate in the THCPP and be eligible to receive grant funding, a project must meet the following criteria:

  • A building that serves or has served as a county courthouse
  • A building that is over 50 years old or is certified as worthy of preservation
  • A building that has a current master plan approved by the THC. View approved master plans (PDF).

Getting Started with a Master Plan

To participate in the grant program, applicants must have prepared a Master Plan for preserving and maintaining their historic county courthouse. Hiring a professional preservation architect to assist in this process will help county representatives evaluate the current state of the courthouse and set priorities for rehabilitating and maintaining the building.

A good master plan includes a history of the building, historic photos and drawings, a thorough evaluation of existing conditions and a plan for the future, with an estimated budget for all the proposed work. The master plan must be submitted to the THC for review and may either be accepted, with suggested changes made and resubmitted, or rejected. Proposed work must comply with the Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The document is a general plan of action and does not include detailed construction plans and specifications.

Master Plan Resources:

Master Plan Outline & Format (PDF)

Finding and Hiring Qualified Historic Preservation Consultants (PDF)

Preservation Consultants for Previous and Current THCPP Projects (PDF)

Accepted and Rejected Master Plans (PDF)

Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

Program Rules

The program has been administered by THC under the rules established by a working group and adopted in 1999. The full text of the Texas Administrative Code is found, here.

Texas Administrative Code, Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (PDF)

Current Grant Application Timeline

The Round XI Grant application forms will be available soon.
The timeline can be viewed below or downloaded here.

January 29, 2020

Round XI Grant Application Workshop at Real Places Conference (not mandatory)

February 1, 2020

Deadline for Submitting 100% Master Plan Draft for Review and Comment

March 2, 2020

Final Deadline for Submitting Revised and New Courthouse Preservation Master Plans and construction documents (Round X planning grant projects) for THC approval

March 3-31, 2020

THC Staff Review/Approval of Round X Master Planning and Planning Grant Projects

April 1, 2020

Notification of Eligibility to Participate in Round XI with Approved and Updated Construction Documents and/or Master Plans

April 21, 2020

Round XI Grant Applications Due in Austin by 5:00p.m.

April 27 - June 13, 2020

Grant Application Review by THC staff and Commissioners

June 24 (tentative)

THC Architecture Committee meeting in Austin (Public comment) on Round XI 

July 30-31, 2020

THC Quarterly Commission Meeting in Wichita Falls: Round XI Grants Awarded

September 1, 2020

Round XI grant projects begin!


Previous Grant Application Timeline, Procedures, and Forms

Applications are evaluated and grants awarded based on factors related to the specific building,the project proposal and community support. Factors and weighting are listed for the previous application round below. Application and scoring history for previous rounds can be found here.

Round X Procedures (PDF)

Round X Forms (PDF)

Round X Scoring Criteria (PDF)

Regional Reviewers

Each county is assigned a THCPP staff member based on geographic region. Please please contact the program staff member assigned to your county, or contact Olivia Hillmer for general questions.