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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies to Promote Historic Restoration and Attract Local Tourism

Heritage Preservation Grant


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Funding Source
City of Austin
Economic Development Department
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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas: Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which includes Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/22/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Texas nonprofit and for-profit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions for historic restoration and preservation projects. Funding is intended to support activities that promote local heritage, rehabilitate and preserve historic buildings and sites, and attract tourists to the city of Austin. Applicants must be located in and serve the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which includes Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson Counties.

The Heritage Preservation Grant serves to preserve and promote Austin’s irreplaceable historic sites and heritage tourism experiences. Project proposals must be preservation-related or history-informing while promoting heritage tourism of the historic site as its primary purpose.

The Heritage Preservation Grant supports projects of historically underfunded organizations, heritage groups, and disinvested communities, especially those from under-interpreted heritage sites and histories whose work preserves historic and culturally significant sites and historic districts. 

Minimum requirements:
  • Must promote tourism and be located at or near the convention center or in an area reasonably likely to be visited by tourists and convention delegates; 
  • Must be a qualifying restoration project or preservation / history-informing planning, educational or marketing project at a historic designated site; and
  • Applicant must be in good standing with City contracts and past Heritage Preservation Grant

Four project types are eligible for grant funding:

Historic properties eligible for grants:

    • City of Austin Historic Landmarks;
    • East Austin Historic Survey Property Eligible for Designation (non-residential)
    • Locally Designated Historic District (contributing historic property)
    • National Historic Landmark
    • National Register Historic District (contributing historic property)
    • National Register of Historic Places (property individually listed)
    • Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
    • State Antiquities Landmark
    • Properties determined to be eligible for historic designation. If the property is not designated at the time of the application, the applicant must provide a determination of eligibility from the Texas Historical Commission or National Park Service with the application. The property must be historically designated by the time the proposed project is completed and final grant funds are disbursed.

    Grounds must be accessible, open, and marketed to tourists and residents for the purposes of viewing and appreciating the historic/heritage value with reasonable visiting hours to be set by the site. 


    Additional Eligibility Criteria
    Heritage Preservation Grants are grants available to government, nonprofit, and commercial entities that own, lease, or partner with historic designated properties.

    Eligible Applicants:
    - For-Profit
    - Government
    - Nonprofit (with 990s posted to
    - Applicants must reside in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which includes Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson Counties. Projects must occur in Austin, Texas.
    - Applicants must be registered as a City of Austin Vendor
    - Applicants must demonstrate operations in the Austin metro area for at least two years.
    - Applicants that are not currently receiving or are applying for funding from the City for the same proposal within the contract period.

    Additional Geographic Information:

    Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA):

    Ineligible Applicants:
    - Applicants whose non-profit status has been revoked by the Internal Revenue Service.
    - Applicants unable to demonstrate at least two years of operations within the Austin metro area.
    - Applicants who are not receiving or requesting funding for the same project from other City-funded programs.
    - City of Austin Employees 
    - Individuals younger than 18 years old 
    - Individuals who reside outside of the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
    - Owner-occupied (residential) stewards or properties.

    Residential properties are ineligible for the Heritage Preservation Grant.

    For a list of ineligible activities and expenses, see:

    Pre-Proposal Conference
    Heritage Preservation Grant Awareness Workshop
    - Friday, September 8, 2023 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    For more information and to register:

    IN-PERSON Office Hours
    - August 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr.
    - August 23, 10-11a.m. at George Washington Carver Museum
    - September 6, 5-6 p.m. at Austin City Hall
    - September 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr.

    Register at:

    Pre-Application Information
    Important Dates (subject to change):
    - Application Deadline: September 22, 2023 (5 p.m.)
    - Notification of Award: January 2024

    Applicants may submit either a Capital, Planning, Educational, or Marketing project proposal per funding cycle. Only one application per applicant will be considered.

    For projects occurring at a historic city-owned park, a Community Activated Park Project (CAPP Review and Approval Form) must be submitted to and approved by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department prior to a Heritage Preservation Grant project submission.

    Applicants must solicit and submit bids from outside consultants or vendors when submitting a project proposal. Use of Minority-Owned and Women-Owned businesses certified by Austin’s Small and Minority Business Resources is highly encouraged, but not required.

    Watch the Heritage Preservation Grant Workshop:

    Estimated Size of Grant
    - Capital and Educational Projects: Maximum award $250,000
    - Planning and Marketing Projects: Maximum Award: $30,000

    Contact Information
    Apply online:

    For general inquiries or assistance please contact:
    Melissa Alvarado, MPA
    Heritage Tourism Division Manager
    City of Austin Economic Development Department
    5202 E. Ben White, Suite 400

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