Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Awareness - Education - Inspiration

Current & Upcoming THGC Projects


By Cheyanne Perkins

This is a busy time of year for the THGC!  Read on to learn more about some of our exciting current and upcoming projects.


Our Commission offers two different grants each year—the Educators Grant and the THGC Grant.

Educators Grant

The Educators Grant is specifically for Texas educators/educational institutions, and will award up to $1,000.00 per accepted project.  Projects must be focused on civic/citizenship/social responsibility.

The 2016 application deadline has already passed, but it is never too early to start thinking about possible 2017 projects!  Visit our Educators Grant page for more information, including application guidelines.

THGC Grant

The THGC Grant is open to permanent Texas non-profits, and funds many different projects.  Each accepted project may be awarded up to $10,000.00, although a one-to-one match is required.  Projects must relate to the THGC’s mission to educate the public on the Holocaust and genocides.  For complete guidelines and criteria, visit our THGC Grant pageThe deadline to apply for the 2017 grant is November 30, 2016.

Student Contests

Essay Contest

The THGC is happy to announce a special, one-time student essay contest for the 2016-2017 school year!  To commemorate the State of Deception and On the Texas Homefront exhibits on display at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, we want to know how Texas students respond to the issue of propaganda.  This contest is open to all Texas students in grades 3-8.  Winners will receive scholarship awards.  More details and application materials can be found on our Student Essay Contest page.  The deadline to enter this contest is January 22, 2017, and the results will be announced in March 2017.

Video Contest

The Student Video Contest is an annual THGC program, which encourages 6-12 grade Texas students to create a two-to-three-minute video relating to the year’s theme.  The 2017 contest is called “Standing Up for Others.”  Videos may be done individually or in groups, and each winning submission receives a scholarship award.  Guidelines, criteria, helpful hints, and application materials may be found on our 2017 Student Video Contest Page.  The deadline to enter this contest is February 15, 2017, and the results will be announced in April 2017.


"Do Not Say They Cannot Hear Us"

Since June 2016, staff has been traveling throughout the state to present our new workshop, “’Do Not Say They Cannot Hear Us’: a THGC interdisciplinary workshop on teaching the Holocaust and Genocides.”  The workshop especially targets Texas educators in social studies and English/Language Arts, grades 5 through 12.  Some of the workshops will feature special guests, including survivors of the Holocaust and genocides in other parts of the world.  These workshops are free for educators to attend, and participants receive printed materials and access to our new, password-protected digital library.  Attendees will also receive six hours of credit.

Our current workshop tour will continue through early 2017.  To register for a workshop near you, visit our Educator Workshop Registration page.

In addition to providing the above programs, the THGC is putting the finishing touches on a brand-new, annual $1,000.00 award that is meant to recognize outstanding Texans who teach about the Holocaust and/or genocides.  The application is expected to be up in late 2016, so watch our website and social media pages for announcements!
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