Galveston Historical Foundation
Paint Pals

Paint Pals

GHF Preservation and Conservation, with support from the Moody Methodist Permanent Endowment Fund, offers homeowners a range of assistance options to help apply an exterior, protective coat of paint to their house through the Paint Pals program. Our primary focus is to assist low-income homeowners to improve their house by supplying them with everything needed for their paint project. Additionally, we are expanding our program to assist moderate-income and open income applicants.




  • Applicants cannot have received grant funds from GHF in the past ten years.
  • Applicants must provide proof of income for all persons of legal age (18+) who are employed and reside at the property.
  • Applicant must provide proof of ownership with a Homestead Exemption.
  • Applicant owns and 100% resides in the property at the address in question.
  • Applicant has no present intention to sell house in the next three years
  • Any physically able persons residing in my home will work alongside GHF volunteers


  • House must be located on Galveston Island and be at least 50 years old.
  • House cannot have vinyl, tiling, or other materials covering the wood siding.
  • House must be one floor in height. (Properties with a raised foundation can be inspected by GHF staff to determine eligibility.)
  • GHF can repair rotted woodwork to the extant our project budget allows.
  • Property must be in such condition that allows for the work to be completed ( yard cleaning, trees, bushes, etc)
  • There is no asbestos material on site whatsoever (siding, roofing, etc) * We do not paint homes with asbestos*

Program Contact: Laura Bourgeois, 409-765-3429


Paint PalsI can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am for the painting of my home. When the first portion of the paint went on I cried. I was so happy to see something I don’t think I would have been able to do myself. I want to say a very big thank you to all those involved that made this happen. I hope everyone knows what greatness they are doing for families like ours. – 1326 Avenue K, Theresa Hernandez

Paint Pals“I am extremely happy and feel blessed to have had my house painted by the Paint Pals program. They repaired damaged wood and replaced missing bits of trim, quickly and professionally. I was able to pick my own colors and have their expert guidance in doing so. While my house was shabby and looked neglected before the paint job, I now hear compliments regularly about how beautiful it looks now. I couldn’t have done it on my own, though I knew I needed to, and cannot thank Paint Pals enough for their generosity.” – 2523 Winnie, Catherine Stroud
Paint Pals“When Craig Cahill dropped off a letter asking if I would be interested in getting my house painted I thought this is simply too good to be true. I just found it hard to believe that they were willing to paint my house for free, including materials and labor. The process was rather quick, I filled out an application and was approved the same week and before I knew it there were volunteers and professionals out working on my house scraping and doing small wood repair. Oh what a difference it made, my house is beautiful again.” – 4329 Avenue S 1/2, Jhonny Mary Verschoyle

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