Heritage Preservation Grant

Nexus Application Deadline: May 13, 2024 at 7 pm CST

The Heritage Preservation Grant promotes tourism through historic preservation projects and activities inclusive of all stories rooted in history and heritage.

Heritage Preservation Grants are preservation grants for capital, planning, educational, or marketing projects at historically designated sites. Funding for eligible projects is made possible through Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) proceeds from Austin’s convention and hotel industries.

Locations That Received
2023 Heritage Preservation Grants

By the Numbers

Heritage Preservation Grant Applicants and Awardees

Established by the City of Austin, the Heritage Preservation Grant promotes tourism through historic preservation projects and activities inclusive of all stories rooted in history and heritage. See statistics and details from the City of Austin Economic Development Department for the FY2024 Heritage Preservation Grant.

Resources for
Heritage Preservation Grant Applicants

We are processing ROUND 2 payments to Heritage Preservation Grant awardees upon receiving confirmation from the Heritage Tourism Department that all required documentation has been submitted. A list of this documentation has been sent to awardees by the Heritage Tourism Department. Please email melissa.alvarado@austintexas.gov for more information.

Learn More About the Other City of Austin Grants That Create Austin Administers

Austin Live Music Fund

This fund was established by City of Austin and provides an ongoing budget for cultural funding programs for Austin’s music industry.

Elevate Grant

Grants for arts organizations, individual artists, and creative businesses that produce culturally vibrant and diverse artistic content.

Nexus Grant

Grants for new and emerging local small organizations, individual artists, and small arts businesses to produce creative public projects.

Thrive Grant

Provides focused investment to sustain and grow arts organizations that are deeply rooted in and reflective of Austin’s diverse cultures.

Creativity should be prioritized in our city – creating vibrant neighborhoods, social impact, sustainable economics, and job opportunities. By working together, we can enrich the lives of all who live in and visit our vibrant city.

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply to one of the five grants administered by Create Austin, visit our Submittable Grant Management Platform. For more information on each program, you can explore our Resource Hub or visit the City of Austin website:

It is important to look at the city’s eligibility guidance for each program, to find the grant application closest suited to you or your organization. 

While most of the public resources available for 2023’s round of grant programs will be found through the City of Austin, Create Austin is working to produce a great number of additional resources to support future applicants, current grantees, and community networkers. These will include, but not be limited to: public training sessions on grant writing, engagement opportunities for community collaboration and feedback, and detailed guidance on application processes, timelines, and eligibility.

The Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is a statewide tax collected from hotels and other tourist-oriented accommodation providers. It is used to support the cultural industries within cities that drive tourism. The five City of Austin grants administered by Create Austin are funded exclusively through this source.

As a contractor of the city, Create Austin is not responsible for the selection of grant awardees. Our role is administration and logistics – ensuring the grant funds are distributed and providing financial reporting back to the city.

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