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.

The Heritage Grant Application Period is Closed.


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.

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

All grants will be made on a competitive basis. 



Resource documents 

Heritage Grant Application Guide: provides background, requirements, definitions, and process for Heritage Grant applicants

PDF of Heritage Grant FAQs

PDF of Heritage Grant Information Session Presentation

BLANK Heritage Grant Application

PDF of Historic Property Verification Guide


Additional Documents

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



Congratulations FY20 Heritage Grant Awardees:

Austin Scottish Rite Theater

French Legation Museum

German-Texan Heritage Society

Guero's Restaurant

Haskell House

La Peña

Neill-Cochran House Museum

The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

The Paramount Theatre

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Uptown Sports Club

Waterloo Greenway