The Heritage Grant serves to promote tourism through the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, sites or districts.
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.
Eligible Heritage Grants:
Heritage Capital Projects
Preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, sites or districts.
Site-Specific Heritage Tourism 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. Potential projects could include:
- Digital projects
- Improved preservation and access to special collections and exhibits
- Development of augmented and virtual reality applications or websites
- Audiovisual collections
- Preservation Plans
- Historic nomination/designation fees
- Website improvement
- Exhibit materials
- Tourist marketing materials, such as brochures and rack cards
Please Note: Owner-occupied properties are ineligible to apply.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 10, 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. 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.
- Verify local or National Register designation by looking up the property's address using the City of Austin Historic Property Viewer;
- Verify if a property is designated historic at the state level (Recorded Texas Historic Landmark/RTHL) or individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places, search on the Texas Historic Sites Atlas Map. If the property has a Historical Marker, click on the Details link and look at the “Designations” line to find out if the property is an RTHL. A Historical Marker is not equivalent to historic designation;
- Use this guide for additional search options and insight from the Historic Preservation staff; or
- Contact the Historic Preservation Office.
Step 2 : Make sure that you are registered with the City of Austin as a Vendor
Step 4: Apply for the City of Austin Heritage Grant. NEW DEADLINE IS JULY 10, 2020.
All grants will be made on a competitive basis. Max Award: $250,000 for Capital Projects.
Virtual Office Hours will be held every Tuesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate.
Heritage Grant Application Guide: provides background, requirements, definitions, and process for Heritage Grant applicants
Congratulations FY20 Heritage Grant Awardees:
Austin Scottish Rite Theater
French Legation Museum
German-Texan Heritage Society
Neill-Cochran House Museum
The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria
The Paramount Theatre
Umlauf Sculpture Garden
Uptown Sports Club