The highly competitive grant program received 28 applications for a total of $205,128 in requests during this round. Regional award committees recommended 18 projects for a total of $115, 000 in funding. These grant awards were recently approved during the THC’s July quarterly meeting.
The grants are part of the THC’s award-winning, nationally recognized heritage tourism initiative, the Texas Heritage Trails Program. The partnership grant program helps communities fund projects that enhance the visitor experience to cultural and historic sites in heritage regions.
Recipients in the Texas Tropical Trail Region include: The Aransas County Historical Society’s interpretive signage promoting local history along a new hike and bike trail connecting Rockport and Fulton; the Rio Grande Valley Museum Association of Harlingen’s creation of a DVD highlighting Harlingen’s history and a regional museum trail brochure; the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College’s project on the “Fort That Became a School”; and the Webb County Heritage Foundation’s development of an exhibit and school curriculum featuring Laredo’s role in the Mexican Revolution.
“The Texas Historical Commission is committed to assisting communities, heritage organizations and tourism associations whose real places help tell the real stories of our state’s history,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “These grants will help the Texas Tropical Trail Region promote and highlight significant historic sites and events as heritage tourism destinations.”
The Texas Heritage Trails Program increases tourism at cultural and heritage sites in regions across Texas and revitalizes local economies through regional tourism development and marketing. The program also stresses the importance of historic preservation to tourism and fosters effective local tourism leadership.
For more information about the THC’s partnership grant program, contact Susan Shore at 512.463.6092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.