Counties awarded grants in the third round of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program will be announced this Friday according to a press release issued this week by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). A total of 83 counties are seeking grant money in round three of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. Counties requested approximately $195 million in matching grant assistance from THC. That money translates into $250 million in total construction costs to preserve and restore their courthouses. Ten of those counties are first-time applicants, 25 counties were automatically rolled over from round two with no changes to their application and 48 counties from the second round revised their applications for reconsideration. Gov. George W. Bush and the Texas Legislature created the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program in 1999 with a $50 million allocation to restore Texas’ historic courthouses and make them safe, functional and a source of pride for Texas communities. Lawmakers allotted an additional $50 million to the program in the last legislative session. Grant awards will be announced at the Jan. 11 commission meeting in Houston. For more information visit the THC website at www.thc.state.tx.us or contact the THC architecture division at 512-463-6094.