Texas History Program Grant

From The Summerlee Foundation

Founded in 1988, The Summerlee Foundation is a mission-driven, proactive organization dedicated to the support of animal protection and the preservation of Texas history. The Foundation makes grants for two specific purposes: to alleviate fear, pain and suffering of animals and to promote animal protection and the prevention of cruelty to animals, and to research, promote and document all facets of Texas History.

Type of Support


Since 1988, the Texas History Program has embraced a broad and diverse group of projects from all regions of Texas. These projects have included the disciplines of archaeology, archives, libraries, media, museums, middle and secondary schools, higher education, preservation, publications and scholarly research.


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organization Type
Independent scholars with a 501(c)(3) sponsor
  • Prior to submitting a proposal, grant seekers must contact the Program Director – Gary N. Smith for Texas History by email to schedule a discussion of the proposed project. This discussion must take place at least 30 days before the LOI deadline.
  • Independent scholars must be fiscally sponsored by an independent 501(c)(3).


Religious purposes or operating churches
Monuments and memorials
Courthouse restoration
Lobbying efforts
Organizations that do not share the mission of the Foundation
Grant applications for salaries/overhead/general operating, except in special circumstances


Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Application window
Deadline passed
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)
Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
Contact info
Gary N. Smith
(214) 363-9000
Review Criteria
  • The Summerlee Foundation is always on the look out for projects devoted to underserved cultural and geographic areas of the state.
  • We receive a great many proposals for restoration and renovation of historic properties, and while National Register Status and/or designation by the Texas Historical Commission are not a requirement for submitting a proposal, that status will make your proposal more compelling.
  • Projects that can tout the participation of well qualified individuals either as active participants or consultants help to make a proposal stronger.
  • Projects that demonstrate strong community support through funding, in-kind support, and volunteer participation also make a stronger proposal.