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 Update

In preparation for the recent legislative session, Texas state agencies were directed to reduce their general revenue by 5 percent that resulted in the loss of funds earmarked for the FY 2021 TPTF grant awards. The THC is please to report that the 5 percent has been returned to our agency. With this good news, the THC will announce the FY 2023 grant round in December 2021. The revised grant program application guide will be posted on the TPTF webpage in December 2021Please 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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