Texas Preservation Trust Fund

For eligible historic structures, archeological sites, and heritage education projects

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is accepting Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant Program applications for fiscal year 2018.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) awards grants for preservation projects from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF). The Texas Legislature established the TPTF in 1989. The fund is currently managed by the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company. Investment earnings are distributed as matching grants to qualified applicants for acquisition, survey, restoration, preservation, planning, and heritage education activities leading to the preservation of historic architectural and archeological properties and associated collections of the State of Texas. Competitive grants are awarded on a one-to-one match basis and are paid as reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred during the project.

Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2020

In January 2019, the THC received 42 grant applications requesting over $1.1 million in grant funds. Twenty-nine projects were selected from the initial application stage to proceed to the project proposal stage. Twenty-four project proposals were submitted to the THC in July 2019. On October 4, 2019, 14 proposals were approved for grant funding totaling $351,661. View the project descriptions.

The Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant Program is your opportunity to save and protect Texas' threatened historic structures and significant archeological sites. Grant awards may be used for restoration work, architectural planning, archeological investigation, archeology curatorial, preservation planning, resource survey, and heritage education training.

By submitting an application, you are notifying our office of heritage education needs in your community and advising us of endangered historic properties and archeological sites that may soon be lost if this valuable assistance is not provided. We encourage you to submit an application so we may continue to demonstrate the need for our efforts.

Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2021 Update

Due to the significant economic uncertainty Texas state agencies have been directed to reduce their General Revenue budgets by 5 percent. Unfortunately, at the THC this resulted in the loss of funds earmarked for awards from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund in FY 2021. Although it is possible that these funds might be returned to the agency’s budget, the THC will not know if that will be the case until the legislative session concludes on May 31, 2021. The THC learned this information just as the TPTF Advisory Board was preparing to meet to review project proposals in September 2020. Consequently, the TPTF Advisory Board proceeded with their meeting and developed funding recommendations that were considered by the THC on October 28, 2020 at the quarterly meeting. The THC conditionally approved the recommendations and will readdress the grant awards when and if funding comes available. 

Due to legislative budget cuts, there will not be a FY 2022 TPTF Grant Program Application Guide available. The THC will know more about future grant rounds after the legislative session concludes on May 31, 2021. Please use the application guide below for reference only. 

The TPTF grant program application process is a two-step process. All applicants are required to submit an application form to the THC for review. The THC selects the highest-priority projects from the initial applications and invites those applicants to move forward to the second step. Successful applicants continue the process by submitting detailed project proposals. Full project proposals are considered by the THC for final grant awards typically in the month of October.

  • $248,625 is generally the total amount available during a grant cycle. Grant awards are typically in the $10,000 - $30,000 range.
  • To be eligible for grant assistance, applicants must provide a minimum of $1 in cash to match each state dollar of approved project costs. For every $2 spent, $1 is reimbursed, up to the grant amount.
  • Grant applications are scored in four areas: endangerment, significance, project viability, and special considerations.

Examples of TPTF Completed Grant Projects

Terrell Carnegie Library, Terrell, Kaufman County (PDF)

Castro Colonies Living History Center, Castroville, Medina County (PDF)

West Sixth Street Bridge, Austin, Travis County (PDF)

Granger City Hall, Williamson County (PDF)

Noah Cox House, Starr County (PDF)

Additional Information on the TPTF Grant Program

TPTF Grant Program Overview

The Medallion Winter Issue 2020 TPTF Article (PDF)

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