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Grant FAQs

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  • What is the deadline for receiving grant proposals?

    Quarterly grant applications typically must be submitted by 5:00 CT on the first of the following months: June, September, December, March 

    For the most current information on all grant cycle deadlines, please see Application Deadlines

     

     

  • Is there a limit to the amount of grant funds an organization can request?

    Grant requests between the range of $1,000 to $5,000 are suggested for quarterly funding. For requests in excess of $5,000, please submit a project proposal to grants@texashistoricalfoundation.org.  

  • Are grants limited to organizations based in Texas?

    Yes.

  • What kinds of projects does the Foundation favor?

    THF supports a broad range of preservation initiatives, including the safeguarding of historic structures, artifacts, and archives, archeological research, history education efforts, and the promotion of the arts. For more information on what types of projects the Foundation funds, take a look at current THF preservation endowments and projects that have received funding support. 

  • Are there types of projects that are not of interest?

    Historically, THF has no record of funding requests for capital campaigns, general operating expenses, or underwriting fundraising events.

  • Does the Foundation favor rural or urban projects?

    Every community and organization that has a worthwhile project is encouraged to apply. THF regularly funds projects both urban and rural. 

    Rural projects in particular are eligible for awards from the Jeanne R. Blocker Memorial Fund. Qualifying projects take place in communities of 30,000 or fewer.  

  • What is the process for grant review?

    THF staff will review the application for completeness, checking that all required supporting documentation has been received. The proposal is then sent to the Grants Committee for assessment and makes a recommendation to the THF board. The full board votes on proposals at the quarterly meeting typically held during the third week of the month following each submission deadline (usually January, April, July, and October.)

    There may occasionally be deviation from these dates; please view the deadline table found here for the most current timeline for your application. 

    Applicants will receive notification of the decision within 14 days following the board meeting. Please do not call or email the office to inquire about the decision unless your organization did not receive notification within the indicated time period. 

  • What other criteria does the Foundation consider when making grants?

    It is important that each proposal show a strong record of community support. Each application should demonstrate that area residents, local businesses and/or community leaders have endorsed the project by volunteering, donating to the cause, or assisting otherwise.

    An organization is encouraged to demonstrate the ability to obtain to the financial resources necessary to ensure the project’s completion. The Foundation board likes to see that grant requests (including those that are pending or have been denied) have been made to other funders and that other methods of fundraising (letter writing campaigns, barbecues, garage sales) are planned or have already taken place. The grant application provides an organization the opportunity to list this information.

    Another factor that the board takes into account is a project’s longevity. For bricks‐and‐mortar projects, consideration is given to the resources put in place that will maintain the property after restoration, either through revenue generated by use of the property or through other means (funds held in a trust).

  • If a grant is turned down, will we be told why?

    Texas is large, and historical preservation needs are great. Because of the number of proposals that are received, THF is not able to respond affirmatively to all requests. Budgetary limitations are the most frequent reason for denials, however if the Foundation is able to offer additional constructive guidance, they will do so.  

  • Must applicants have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to apply for a THF grant?

    Yes. The Foundation does not consider applications from individuals, businesses, or organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status for our quarterly grants program. 

  • Can a nonprofit apply for a grant if their 501(c)(3) application has been submitted but not as yet approved?

    No, organizations must have a 501 (c)(3) status.

  • Can a city or county government apply for a grant?

    Because only 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible, governmental organizations do not tend to qualify for THF's quarterly grants program. However, applications from Friends groups are accepted for quarterly grants, and governmental organizations may be eligible for funding through the Duda Preservation Award program. 

  • Do I need to be a member of the Texas Historical Foundation to apply for a grant?

    THF membership is not required, but a show of support for our mission and efforts is always appreciated. Please keep in mind that an organization submitting a proposal can join at any membership level. All museum members enjoy a free listing in the Texas Historical Museums section that appears in each quarterly issue of Texas HERITAGE Magazine.

  • Does THF’s grants program have a standard requirement that funds have to be matched?

    While a fund match is certainly desirable and encouraged, there is not a standard requirement that grant funds be matched. However, under certain circumstances, THF may make the grant conditional upon the applicant raising either a matching amount or the remaining balance of funding needed to complete the project before the grant money is dispersed.

  • For projects involving restorations of structures, must the applicant own the property?

    While the Foundation may consider long-term lease agreements in special cases, generally speaking ownership of the property by the requesting organization must be proven. 

  • For projects involving structural restoration, must an applicant follow the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for such work?

    The Texas Historical Foundation strongly urges applicants to follow the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties as guidance for decision-making about work or changes to a historic property, and will disqualify projects in which it is clear that the Standards are not being followed. The Standards are frequently cited and referenced by federal, state, and local agencies, as well as used by professionals in the history field.

    To Download a copy of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards, click here:

    Download Secretary of Interior’s Standards

  • We received a THF grant in the past, but can we submit an application for a new project in development? What about more funding for the same project?

    An organization can submit a grant proposal for a new project or for another phase of a previously‐funded project after a period of one year. The organization must also be current with scheduled follow-up reports and in full compliance with prior grant agreements to receive additional funding. 

  • A previously submitted proposal for a project that is still in progress was declined by THF. Can my organization submit another request for that same project?

    Yes.

  • Will THF consider loans or contributions to capital campaigns?

    Loans and contributions to capital campaigns are not eligible at this time. 

  • Who do I contact for further information?

    Click here to get in touch with Foundation staff. 

  • Can I apply for the Duda Preservation Award simultaneously?

    Yes, the Duda Preservation Awards are distinct from the Texas Historical Foundation’s quarterly Grants Program and can be awarded concurrently. Application or receipt of a THF Grant does not disqualify applicants from Duda Preservation Award nomination, or vice versa.  

  • What is the difference between THF Grants and the Duda Preservation Awards?

    Duda Preservation Awards are distinct from Texas Historical Foundation's quarterly Grants Program in many ways. The eligibility requirements for the Duda Preservation Awards are more stringent than the regular Grants Program. A broad range of projects related to Texas history are eligible for Grants Program funding, whereas the Duda Awards apply only to specific archeological and architectural projects. THF Grants are awarded four times a year, with the average grant being $5,000, whereas the Duda Awards take place biennially with prizes of $20,000-$100,000.  

    To learn more about the Duda Preservation Awards, visit texashistoricalfoundation.org/duda-award.html

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