For eligible historic structures, archeological sites, and heritage education projects
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.
FY 2021 TPTF Grant Program Application Guide Available Now
The application must be received by the THC no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020.
- FY 2021 TPTF Grant Program Application Guide (PDF) Download the application guide onto your desktop. Within the guide is a fillable application form.
The TPTF grant program application process for FY 2021 is a two-step process. All applicants are required to submit an application form to the THC for review. The THC will select the highest-priority projects from the initial applications and invite those applicants to move forward to the second step. Successful applicants will continue the process by submitting detailed project proposals by July 13, 2020. Full project proposals will be considered by the THC for final grant awards in October 2020.
- $248,625 is the total amount available for the FY 2021 grant cycle. The THC anticipates grant awards to be 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
Additional Information on the TPTF Grant Program
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