Preservation Fund

Promoting the preservation of Georgetown's historic structures...

The 2020 Preservation Fund Grant Program

The 2020 grant application window has closed. Our Preservation Fund Committee is busy evaluating applications. We originally planned to announce awards on October 31, 2020 but we're still deliberating! Award announcements coming soon!

Information on the 2021 program will be announced in January, 2021.

Where is the application?

The application may be viewed on and printed from this page starting in January of each year. If you do not have access to a printer, please email us a request that we mail you a hard copy of the application. Please include your name, phone number, and mailing address.

What buildings are eligible?

Historic structures (built before 1960) listed as such in the City of Georgetown 2016 Historic Resource Survey, as amended, are eligible. More information on the Historic Resource Survey is available on the City of Georgetown web-site.

There are restrictions. For example, if a building permit and/or HARC approval is required for the project, these must be acquired before applying.  Projects which have been completed or even begun will not be eligible. Anyone considering applying for a grant should read the entire application form in order to understand the process.

What kinds of work can the grants cover?

Grants are intended to help keep historic structures structurally sound. Generally, think of the exterior envelope; the foundation, walls, windows, and roof.  For more details, see the application form.

What amounts are usually granted?

Grant applications must be supported by firm bids.  The size of grants will depend on a number of factors, including the amounts requested that are judged to meet PG guidelines, PG judgment of the significance and need of the structures for which grants are applied, and the amount of money we are able to raise and dedicate to the grant program.

Where can I find The Secretary of the Interior standards for historic properties?

You can find them here.

The 2020 fund grant recipients are....

(coming soon!)

2020 Committee Members

Jerry McCulley, Chair: Jerry and his wife Billie became Georgetown residents in 2016 following a 26-year Air Force career and 22 years as realtors in Austin. They moved into their home on Church Street in Old Town, converting it from a commercial office back to a residence. The work continues. They have been active with Preservation Georgetown since 2017. Jerry is currently serving on the 2020 PG Board of Directors.

Brad Burns, Member: Brad and his wife Linda have been active in Preservation Georgetown for nearly a decade. Brad is a land planner with a degree in Landscape Architecture, and Linda is a realtor specializing in helping people find homes in Old Town. Brad lived in Austin for 30+ years before marrying Linda and moving to Georgetown. For most of his adult life, Brad has been involved in physically restoring older homes that he has owned. He also was on the board of, and president of, the Pioneer Farm in Austin and is very interested in historical architecture and the historical growth of cities and regions. He finds it very rewarding to be among others who share his passion to protect, restore, and revitalize the beautiful homes in Georgetown.

Louisa Chandler, Member: A long-time Preservation Georgetown member, Louisa is a native Texan, a Georgetown High School graduate, and graduated from college in Virginia. In 2016, she and husband Brad purchased a house in Old Town and moved the family from Austin. Louisa has held Director positions on the Boards of several different nonprofits and, most recently, served as PG’s Membership Chair (2018-2019). Louisa works in the Volunteer Department at ROCK Ride on Center for Kids. When not at ROCK, she can be found enjoying time with her family and pets, cooking, reading, gardening, and spending time at the family’s property in Weir.

Jim Bishop, Member: In 1994, after a long career with Phillips Petroleum Company in Oklahoma, Jim and his wife Kaye relocated to Georgetown. Although not in the historic district, Kaye always says, “We don’t live in Old Town, but our hearts do!” The Bishops, long-time members of PG, enjoy travel and historical architecture.

Carla Schaefer, Member: Carla grew up in a small town, much like Georgetown. Because her family ran a custom home building business, she possesses a unique understanding of forward-thinking progress centered on preservation. Having graduated from Benedictine College with a major in Journalism and Urban Planning and Business, Carla is a strong leader with an exemplary track record across a broad repertoire of disciplines. She has achieved success in both public and private sectors, excelling in developing and executing strategies, start-ups, sales, marketing, and is well versed in corporate and social responsibility. She believes the foundation of her success rests on faith, family, and making a difference.

Preservation Fund Donations

The Preservation Fund promotes the importance of and encourages preservation of the stock of historic structures for the betterment of the entire community. Your donation to the Preservation Fund supports the Grant Program and preservation activities enabling current and future generations to protect our remarkable past.

To make your donation click the donate button or mail your check to:

Preservation Georgetown
PO Box 1265
Georgetown, Texas  78627

How does my gift help?

Your contribution promotes the importance of and encourages preservation of the stock of historic structures for the betterment of the entire community by directly funding restoration and construction projects on homes listed on the City of Georgetown’s Historic Resource Survey.

How is my donation different from my membership?

A donation to the Preservation Fund supports only the Grant Program and preservation projects. No goods or services are received as part of your gift. Your Preservation Fund gift is 100% tax-deductible.

Membership dues help support the general operating expenses of PG and certain benefits that come with membership, such as complimentary admission tickets, may reduce the tax-deductible amount of membership dues.

Is my Preservation Fund gift tax-deductible?

Yes!  Preservation Georgetown is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.  Gifts to the Preservation Fund are 100%  tax-deductible.