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. Promotes tourism through the preservation, restoration of historic buildings, or planning, educational and marketing projects that enhance understanding or new perspective on well documented places/events.

What we do

The Heritage Preservation 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 residents and tourists 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.

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
 

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.

Heritage Grant Eligibility    

Use of hotel occupancy taxes must directly enhance and promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. Non-profit and commercial entities 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.

What Heritage Preservation Grant Funds

Capital Projects
Contractual grants 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. 

Planning / Educational and Marketing Projects
Planning, educational and marketing related projects that enhance the understanding of significant historic places/events or provide new insight or new perspectives on well documented places/events tied to a historic site.

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


Historic Designation Verification Resource 

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 Heritage Grant FAQs

PDF of Historic Property Verification Guide

 

Additional Housing & Planning Department Historic Preservation Division Resources 

 

Other Resources for historic and heritage preservation stewards and creatives

SmallBiz Resources for Creatives: directory of resources offered by local, state, and federal governments and non-profit agencies