Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Eastland Historic Preservation board had to delay the grant application period for the 2021 Historic Preservation Grants. Due to the pandemic the normal application period was moved from April 1 through July 1 to July 1 through September 1, 2020.
The Historic Grants are funded from city collected hotel motel taxes. These taxes are not available for general fund items through the City such as street repair, water/sewer work as directed by the State of Texas. The board normally receives $35,000 each grant period to award but, again due to Covid-19 affecting the hotel motel business, this amount may be drastically reduced by the City Commission.
In the past 10 years the City of Eastland has awarded funds of over $269,000 for structural and or façade work to properties located within the downtown Historic District in projects totaling more than $430,000. The 50/50 grants are a matching award based on the work requested. In rare cases grants up to 100% have been awarded in the past when a building’s structural integrity was at risk.
If you own property within the Historic District (see map below) and the property is in need of façade or structural work of windows, doors, awnings, roof or more, pick up an application today at Eastland City Hall and return by September 1.
For more information on the Historic Preservation Grant please contact Eastland City Hall at 254-629-8321.