Round VIII Grant Program Funding
Due to other funding priorities and available bond funding limits, the final appropriation by the 83rd Texas Legislature for the FY 2014 – 15 Biennium was limited to just slightly more than $4.2 million. While this means a significant reduction in funding and a temporary setback for the 75 remaining counties that currently qualify to receive major funding, grant opportunities remain available for FY 2014 – 15. After careful consideration, the THC will temporarily administer the program’s next grant cycle to support smaller grant projects that address urgent and critical needs. The goal will be to resolve any deficiencies affecting the building’s usability, or constitute structural or life safety problems. Proposed project may be considered a first phase for a future preservation project and counties are encouraged to consider a future full restoration as additional program funds are available. The local cash match is 50% of the total project cost and the maximum award is $450,000.
To be eligible for a Round VIII THCPP grant award in 2014, applicants must have an approved preservation master plan for their historic (more than 50 years old) courthouse. The master plan is prepared by a preservation consultant selected by the building owner and identifies the existing conditions of the building, as well as identifies needed repairs and improvements along with the estimated cost of the work. Currently, 127 Texas counties have approved master plans on file at THC. Potential applicants that have not previously participated in the grant program must submit a master plan to the THC for review and have an approved version submitted by January 17, 2014. For those counties that have not previously submitted an application, go to www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs/texas-historic-courthouse-preservation/how-participate.
Forms and procedures for this grant cycle are streamlined from previous application rounds to focus on the critical need and how it can be addressed with a smaller grant award. A project budget and a clearly written scope of work is required as part of the application. Projects will be selected for Round VIII grants on a scoring system weighted and based primarily on the urgency of the problem. Applications for Round VIII are due on February 13, 2014. Funding awards will be announced by the THC in April 2014 and the projects should be underway before January 2015.
For further information or to discuss your application for grant funding, contact the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program staff at 512.463-6094.
Counties have received full funding through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program