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.The Fiscal Year 2021 grant round is anticipated to launch in December 2019.

TPTF Application Guide

A new grant program application guide for FY 2021 will be available in December 2019. The FY 2020 TPTF grant program application guide below is for informational purposes only:

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)

Additional Information on the TPTF Grant Program

TPTF Grant Program Overview

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