History Museum Grants

What is History Museum Grants?

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) offers grant funds to small history museums for collections-related preservation and conservation projects.

Who are eligible for the History Museum Grants?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an organized and permanent nonprofit institution in the state of Texas whose primary mission is to serve as a history museum.
  • Have an annual operating budget of $350,000 or less and a primary mission focusing on the preservation and display of cultural history. This does not include archives or natural history, art, science or children’s museums.
  • Have a staff of at least one person, paid or unpaid, who devotes time primarily to the acquisition, care and exhibition of objects owned or entrusted to the institution.
  • Display objects to the public on a regular schedule and be open to the public at least 90 days per year.
  • Show due diligence in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

How to apply for the History Museum Grants?

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements must complete the application form provided at the Texas Historical Commission website at http://www.thc.state.tx.us

How much funding is available for the History Museum Grants?

Applications may be submitted for up to 50 percent of the project’s cost, for a maximum grant amount of $1,000. Museums must provide the remaining 50 percent of the cost in matching funds or a combination of cash and in-kind services (including volunteer hours). Grant funds are payable upon completion of the project as a reimbursement for expenses incurred.

Where to send applications for the History Museum Grants?

Applications must be submitted to:

P.O. Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711-2276
email at thc@thc.state.tx.us

For more information on the History Museum Grants, contact:

512-463-5853
or thc@the.state.tx.us

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