MOSTHistory staff has been seeking opportunities to help supplement both general operations and to create new programs to continue its connection to the community. Staff continues to seek grants that support special programming and to secure funds from sources outside South Texas. The board and staff are deeply grateful to individuals, business leaders and local governments who ensure the museum continues to serve its community as a caretaker, storyteller, educator and celebrator of borderland culture. The following foundations and organizations provided grant funding for projects held in 2020 and 2021.

The Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation supports diverse needs in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. With both arts and education as areas of focus, the foundation has awarded MOSTHistory a grant for $55,000. These funds are being used to purchase equipment, support skilled staff, and to set up a digital production infrastructure. Educational productions can be shared with the public digitally while the museum is temporarily closed to the public and can supplement school tours through creation of educational programs.

H-E-B 50th Anniversary: Partnership with H-E-B is celebrating 50 years since opening the “Doors to the Past” of the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in 1970. As the museum’s Golden Partner, H-E-B is supporting a year-long celebration and annual operating support.

H-E-B Feeding Fiestas: Partnership with H-E-B will produce digital content focused on the product of food and history pertinent to our local history and heritage.

Historias Americanas

Placed-based learning through 9 workshops delivered to Edinburg CISD and Brownsville ISD teachers.

Humanities Texas offered Relief Grants to Texas non-profits that work in the humanities field. Funds were made possible by a larger grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. MOSTHistory applied for and received an award of $15,000 for operational support.

Planet Texas

A partnership with Planet Texas, a University of Texas initiative, to engage the South Texas public (and others) on a series of programming that intersect history, culture, science, climate, and community.

The Raul Tijerina, Jr. Foundation made possible a series of ten, minute videos titled, Traveling Through Time from MOSTHistory. This series of videos was produced for use by teachers in participating school districts. History lessons from the Rio Grande Legacy exhibit with supplemental materials will bridge the gap during this time when school tours will be reduced or canceled.

Smithsonian Institution Learning Lab

MOSTHistory will participate in meeting between MOSTHistory, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) to plan Innovative Teaching of Ethnic Studies (ITES) workshops.

The Summerlee Foundation in Dallas has a two-prong mission: to invest in its Texas History Program and to prevent cruelty to animals. MOSTHistory has recently been awarded a $20,000 grant to help maintain staff whose work aligns with the foundation’s Texas History mission.