Preservation Fund Grant Program

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

The Preservation Fund Grant Program is dedicated to the preservation of Georgetown and seeks to assist with the cost of preserving historic structures listed on the City of Georgetown's 2016 Historic Resource Survey, as amended.

How does it work?

Every year, Preservation Georgetown invites those with historic properties to submit applications for help with funding restoration projects. The application window is usually open for one month.

Once the application window is closed, committee members review the applications, accomplish needed site visits, and make funding recommendations to the Preservation Georgetown Board of Directors who will make the final determination.

Where do the funds come from?

Funds are sought from multiple sources. Donations are solicited from Preservation Georgetown members and the community at large. As resources permit, funds may be allocated from Preservation Georgetown general funds through the annual budget or by special action as provided in the bylaws. Preservation Georgetown may also apply for grants from other entities to help fund this program.

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.

Grant Program FAQs

When will the grants be available?

The fifth annual cycle of grants will be awarded in 2020. Due to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus, the official application window has been extended to a two month period and rescheduled for August 1 through September 30, 2020. Awards will be announce no later than October 31, 2020.

If you are interested in applying but have questions about the application process, email us with your name and phone number so that we can contact you asap!

Please note 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.

How does one obtain a grant application form?

The application may be viewed on-line and printed from the link above. 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 considered eligible for the Preservation Grant Program?

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.

What aspects of work will 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 learn about The Secretary of the Interior standards for historic properties?

You can find them here.

Preservation Fund Donations

The purpose of the Preservation Fund is to promote the importance of and encourage preservation of the stock of historic structures for the betterment of the entire community. Your gift to the Preservation Fund supports the Grant Program and future preservation activities approved by the PG Board of Directors, enabling current and future generations to protect our remarkable past.

All gifts are welcome. Donations to the Fund are 100% tax-deductible.

You can make your gift by clicking the donate button at right or by mailing your check to:

PO Box 1265, Georgetown, Texas  78627.

Thank you for your generous support of Preservation Georgetown's Preservation Fund!

Donation FAQs

What is the Preservation Fund?

Your gift to Preservation Fund supports the Grant Program and future preservation activities approved by the PG Board of Directors.

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 Preservation Fund gift 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 along with fundraising opportunities like the Home Tour help support the general operating expenses of PG. Those include programs, events, and staff compensation. 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.