For Immediate Release
January 14, 2011
Contact:  Scott Jordan, 325-387-3900

Midland, Texas––The Texas Historical Commission (THC) will conduct a free “mini-workshop” in Midland at the CAF Airpower Museum, on January 26th, 10 a.m. – noon, for the Heritage Tourism Partnership Grants for communities in the Texas Pecos Trail Region. A total of $30,000 in grant monies is available to the heritage region. Individual grants of $5,000 minimum require a one-to-one matching contribution.

The grants support the development of high quality collaborative projects and promotions that enhance a visitor’s experience at cultural and historic sites and events. To better prepare grant applicants, the THC is offering a series of educational workshops covering the program’s guidelines and application process. Grant and workshop information is available on the THC’s website at The application period is January 1 through April 15, 2011. Grant recipients will be announced in August 2011.

“Communities and tourism or preservation organizations are eligible to receive grant money for projects that promote and enhance the region as a heritage tourism destination,” said Brad Patterson, division director for the THC’s Community Heritage Development Division. “Projects could include interpretation, exhibits, educational programs highlighting historic sites, and brochures that take travelers off the beaten path, helping visitors experience the real places where the story of Texas springs to life.”

All 22 counties in the Texas Pecos Trail Region are eligible to apply for the grant and attend the Midland workshop:  Andrews, Crane, Crockett, Ector, Edwards, Glasscock, Kimble, Kinney, Loving, Martin, Maverick, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler.

The award-winning Texas Heritage Trails Program encourages communities, heritage regions, and the state to partner to develop and promote Texas’ historic and cultural resources. The nationally recognized 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, grant coordinator for the THC’s Heritage Trails Program at 512.463.3893. Grant applications can be downloaded from the THC’s website at

The above information has been provided by the Texas Pecos Trail Region and distributed by the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The mission of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination.