The Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grant Program is made possible by a grant to Preservation Texas through the National Park Service's Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program.  The NPS program is designed to support rehabilitation of historic properties to foster economic development in rural communities. 

The submission deadline is November 30, 2021.

For a complete description of the grant program, please visit our website,  A summary of key information is as follows:

  • The Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grant Program will provide funding for the stabilization, rehabilitation, or restoration of historic structures that have made significant contributions to "the creation, stabilization, or growth of African-American institutions" located in rural Texas communities (population under 50,000).  
  • Properties must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places before the completion of the project.
  • Building owners must agree to grant a conservation easement to Preservation Texas. 
  • Projects must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.
  • Eligible buildings will be rural African-American churches, schools, lodges, commercial buildings, and other similar structures that historically supported community institutional uses. Historic houses and house museums will not be eligible for funding.
  • Applicants must agree to a match of 25% of the total project cost. For example, a $75,000 grant would require a $25,000 match toward a total project cost of $100,000.

This preliminary submission form is designed to gather information that will help us work with the Texas Historical Commission to determine if your building will be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, if it is not already listed.  

It is also intended to provide us with enough information to determine whether or not your proposed project is within the scope of the grant program.  

If your building is determined to be eligible for the National Register and the project is within the scope of our grant program, you will be invited to work with us to develop a full grant proposal.

Please fill out the form as completely as possible. If you have any questions or issues, please e-mail Preservation Texas at: 

We look forward to being able to support the preservation of rural African-American historic places in Texas through this grant program. 

Preservation Texas