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 Years 2021 - 2022

On February 7, 2020, the THC received 42 grant applications requesting over $1.1 million in grant funds for FY 2021. Twenty-eight 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 2020. However, in preparation for the 87th legislative session, Texas state agencies were directed to reduce their general revenue by 5 percent. For the THC, this resulted in the loss of funds earmarked for the FY 2021 TPTF grant awards. On October 28, 2020, the Texas Historical Commission conditionally approved the grant awards and stated that final awards would be considered if funding comes available. By the end of the legislative session, the legislature returned the 5 percent to the agency. In July 2021, the THC formally awarded $248,625 to 11 projects. The grant projects are now considered the FY 2022 grant projects due to funding for these projects becoming available on September 1, 2021 (beginning of the FY 2022 state fiscal year). 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 2023 Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant Program

The THC received twenty-nine grant applications on February 7, 2022. Total funds requested for archeology, heritage education, and architecture projects totaled over $815,000. The below application guide is now considered an example.

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. 

  • 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. Review the scoring criteria in the TPTF Grant Program Application Guide.
  • The FY 2024 grant round is expected to be announced in December 2022. An updated grant program application guide will be available on the website at that time.
  • Review the Real Places 2021 Show Me The Money presentation for the TPTF Grant Program (PDF)The presentation will help applicants become familiar with the grant program guidelines and scoring criteria. THC staff tips are also included to help applicants submit successful grant applications. 

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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