From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2008
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION GRANT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Austin, Texas - Senator Glenn Hegar is pleased to announce that the Texas Historical Commission is accepting Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF) Grant Program applications for fiscal year 2009. The TPTF Grant Program is designed to provide an opportunity to save and protect Texas' threatened historic structures and significant archeological discoveries.

"I am pleased to announce the TPTF Grant Program to the constituents in my senate district," said Senator Hegar. "Our region is rich in history and the grant awards are available for restoration work for historical buildings, architectural planning, curatorial work, preservation planning, resource survey and heritage educational training."

The TPTF grant application process is a two step process where all applicants will be required to submit a brief application form to the Texas Historical Commission for review and the agency will select the highest priority projects. Those applicants will be invited to move forward to the second step with final grant awards being given October 2008. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 14, 2008. "Our area has been blessed with a diverse array of historic architecture and archeological sites," said Hegar, "and the grant can make a distinct difference in assisting counties in preserving these historic sites."

The Texas Preservation Trust Fund was enacted in 1989 by the Texas Legislature. More information and an application form can be found on the Texas Historical Commission's website: www.thc.state.tx.us or by calling Senator Hegar's office at 512-463-0118 for assistance.

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