The Heritage Grant serves to promote tourism through the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, sites or districts. 


15% of the City of Austin's 7% hotel occupancy tax is allocated to: support historic preservation and restoration projects, as well as, activities that attract tourists and convention delegates.


Use of hotel occupancy taxes must  directly enhance and promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. Non-profit, government entities and commercial properties who own or lease historic designated properties -OR- are a historic property within a designated historic district are eligible to apply. Projects must be at, or in the immediate vicinity of, convention center facilities, or located in the areas that would be frequented by tourists.

Two types of projects are eligible for Heritage Grants:

Heritage Capital Projects
Preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, sites or districts.

Site-Specific Heritage Tourism Projects
(will be comprised of 20% of total available allocation)
Planning, educational, and marketing projects focused on historic properties and districts.

Please Note: Owner-occupied properties are ineligible to apply.

Apply Now to Heritage Grant Application

Deadline Extended to May 22, 2020



Before you apply, make sure that the property is historic, and that you are registered as a vendor.  Both of these are requirements for eligibility. Heritage Capital Projects also require a zoning verification letter. Below are the steps you will need to take, along with some helpful links, before you fill out your application for the Heritage Grant.

Step 1: Verify if the property is historic

A property can be designated historic at three levels: local, state, and national.

Step 2 : Make sure that you are registered with the City of Austin as a Vendor

You can double-check whether or not you are a registered vendor using the same link.

Step 3: Review Heritage Grant Application Guide and Scoring Criteria

Step 4: Apply for the City of Austin Heritage Grant. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 22, 2020. Registration for Virtual Information Sessions will begin Fri, March 27. 

All grants will be made on a competitive basis. Max Award: $250,000 for capital projects.




Resource documents for applicants

Heritage Grant Application Guide: PDF that gives further detail on the background, definitions, and process for Heritage Grant applicants.

PDF 1-page overview of the Heritage Grant Program

PDF of Heritage Grant FAQs

PDF of Heritage Grant Information Session II Presentation

PDF of Historic Property Verification Guide



Open Office Hours will be held every Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Heritage Tourism Office. Wayfinding map

Additional Documents

7/24 Memorandum to the Mayor and City Council: Heritage Grant Program Updates for FY 2020 [Resolution 20181004-033]