The grants support the development of high quality collaborative projects and promotions that enhance a visitor’s experience at cultural and historic sites and events. To better prepare grant applicants, the THC is offering a series of educational workshops covering the program’s guidelines and application process. Grant and workshop information will be available on the THC’s website at www.thc.state.tx.us beginning Jan. 1, 2011. The application period is Jan. 1 through April 15, 2011. Grant recipients will be announced in August 2011.
“Communities and tourism or preservation organizations are eligible to receive grant money for projects that promote and enhance the region as a heritage tourism destination,” said Brad Patterson, division director for the THC’s Community Heritage Development Division. “Projects could include interpretation, exhibits, educational programs highlighting historic sites and brochures that take travelers off the beaten path, helping visitors experience the real places where the story of Texas springs to life.”
All 20 counties in the Texas Tropical Trail Region are eligible: Aransas, Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata.