IN THIS ISSUE: The Summer in Review

Freedom Colony Feature: Houston County, Texas

Focus: Black Land Loss Prevention

This month we are highlighting Black land retention and loss prevention resources, news and events. We’re sharing a case study. legislative news, & our work in the field.

Black Land: Upcoming Events

Black Land: Resources

USDA Financial Application Open

Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), directs USDA to provide financial assistance to producers who have experienced discrimination in USDA’s farm lending programs prior to January 1, 2021. Deadline to apply: October 31, 2023. Visit USDA website for eligibility requirements.


The TXFC Project Resource Page

The TXFC Project News

The TXFC Project Summer Events

The TXFC Project Fall Event: Upcoming

Dr. Roberts to Speak at Harvard Kennedy School Conference 

On September 28 & October 4, the virtual Truth and Transformation conference with the theme, Tools for Accountability: Lessons and Strategies for Racial Equity, will be held. Dr. Roberts will be a panelist on October 4.  Register for free here.

Freedom Colony News


Preserving Black Churches Grant

Preserving Black Churches, a $20 million initiative by Lilly Endowment Inc. and the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, will provide historic Black churches and congregations Rapid Response-Emergency Grants to address urgent needs caused by fire damage, water infiltration, and natural disasters. Deadline to apply August 23, 2023. Guidelines & Eligibility Here!

City of Austin Heritage Preservation Grant

The Heritage Preservation Grant support capital, planning, educational, or marketing projects at historically designated sites. Funding for eligible projects is made possible through Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) proceeds from Austin’s convention and hotel industries. Deadline: September 22, 2023. Link Here to learn about eligibility.

The TXFC Project Drawing Winner Announced!

Volunteers: Adopt a County Captains Now Called “Participant Researchers”

During our transition from TAMU to UVA, we’ve made changes to our Adopt a County Program. PARTICIPANT RESEARCHERS (formerly known as captains) can receive financial support for their engagement in community-based research that supports freedom colony preservation, community building and atlas mapping in the field. Read about eligibility and download the consent form here.

The TXFC Project Now a UVA Center for Cultural Landscapes Initiative

For the past year, she’s been writing a book based on research findings from 8 years of research, creating new partnerships, and identifying funders for the next phase of The Project’s work in Texas, Virginia, other states, and Canada. Dr. Roberts explains, “We’ll both grow geographically and narrow the scope of what we do. For example, this fall, our new research team will review and audit current Atlas content in preparation for new analysis and visualization. More news to come about ways you can become apart of the Center’s work!  Our new research ethics number is UVA #5460.

UVA Center for Cultural Landscapes Fall Events

New Frontiers in Black Placemaking, Moderated by Dr. Andrea Roberts

Monday, September 25,2023, 5PM(ET)

UVA School of Architecture, Campbell Hall 153

Followed by a Reception

In-Person Only, Event will be Recorded

CCL Partners: The Sampson Family Farm in Virginia

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