The Heritage Preservation Grant is dedicated to preserving and promoting Austin's irreplaceable historic and heritage tourism experiences that authentically represent the inclusive stories and people of the past through capital, planning, educational and marketing preservation projects that activate place and engage new audiences while attracting tourists.
What we do
The Heritage Preservation funding program supports an inclusive cultural and heritage tourism approach that tells the multilayered history that created the City of Austin. Our goal is to connect people and preservation while supporting racially and culturally diverse places where tourists and residents can experience the stories and places that focus on Austin’s historic and heritage sites.
The Heritage Preservation Grant Program is funded through Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) proceeds from Austin’s convention and hotel industries.
- Heritage Preservation Grant Guidelines
Heritage Preservation Grant
The Heritage Preservation Grant is dedicated to preserving and promoting Austin's irreplaceable historic and heritage tourism experiences that authentically represent the inclusive stories and people of the past and present through capital, planning, educational, or marketing projects that activate place and engage new audiences and tourists.
Who is eligible to apply
Use of hotel occupancy taxes must directly enhance and promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. Preservation projects or activities must be at, or in the immediate vicinity of, convention center facilities, or located in the areas that are likely to be frequented by tourists. Capital and planning projects must be historically designated.
What we fund
- Capital Projects
Contractual preservation agreements to restore, rehabilitate and stabilize tourism-serving historic designated buildings, sites or contributing buildings within historic districts that is consistent with the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and local design standards. Two outside consultant bids are required.
- Planning Projects
Funding to secure property-specific professional planning expertise in areas such as preservation, architecture, or engineering plans; or historic research and historic nominations for tourism-serving sites or potential historic districts. Projects must already be historically-designated or eligible for historic designation.
- Educational Projects
Projects that actively create experiences for tourists to interact with places, events or activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and enhance the understanding or perspective on heritage, community and history. No historic designation required.
- Marketing Projects
Projects that actively connect and market heritage, particularly of underrepresented histories, and historic places/events, that enable tourists to engage with heritage and historic record. No historic designation required.
Please Note: Owner-occupied properties are ineligible to apply.
Connect with us
The Heritage Tourism Division staff is available to assist with any questions about program and services.
Meet the staff and connect with us here.
Leading with Equity: Cultural Funding Review: Arts, Music and Heritage
In partnership with MJR Partners, the City of Austin Economic Development Department is reimagining its Cultural Funding Program for arts, heritage, and music with an intentional focus on equity and inclusion, while more effectively promoting tourism to Austin, as well as the city’s convention and hotel industries. Read more about the Cultural Funding Review and review presentations and material from previous community engagement meetings.
Other Helpful Recovery Resources:
- City of Austin's ATXRecovers.com - A one-stop resource to help artists and musicians recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Austin COVID-19 Information
- Economic Development Department’s Small Business Resources Directory - Database of local, state, federal, and community resources. Filter by “Disaster Relief” to find immediate support for creatives and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Historic Preservation and Cultural Significance Research Resources (Designation Verification)
- City of Austin Historic Landmarks Data Portal
- City of Austin Historic Property Viewer
- Historic Resource Surveys and Determinations of Eligibility
- Austin History Center Digital Collections Site
- Austin History Center Research Request Form
- Historic Austin Parks
- Texas Historical Commission ATLAS
- National Register Database and Research
- PDF of Historic Property Verification Guide
- The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes
Additional Housing & Planning Department Historic Preservation Division Resources
- Historic Districts
- Sign Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks
- City of Austin Historic District Application
- City of Austin Historic District Application Guide
- Tax Abatement for Historic Districts
- Individual Landmark Application