Foundation / Corporation
Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC)
Grants to Brownsville, Texas nonprofits and City departments for capital projects that will enhance the quality of life for local residents and foster local economic development opportunities. LOIs are due January 3, 2018. Financial support is available for land, buildings, equipment, facilities, targeted infrastructure, and improvements.
Some examples of what funding may be provided for include:
- Downtown revitalization projects necessary to increase sales tax revenue and foster investor opportunities;
- Projects that are designed to increase recreational tourism and spur small business development and/or support the Active Transportation Plan; or
- Projects that support cultural, sports, fitness, recreational, entertainment and community that will contribute to the sustainability and growth of Brownsville's sales tax revenue.
Capital projects must fall under the following categories to be an eligible expenditure for "type b" economic development corporations:
- Land Acquisition
- Building Acquisition
- Targeted Infrastructure
- Capital Improvements
- Professional and Amateur Sport and Athletic Facilities
- Convention Facilities
- Public Parks and Open Spaces Improvements
- Tourism and Entertainment Facilities
All projects must foster economic development within city limits.
GrantWatch ID#: 143544
No multi-year grant requests will be accepted.
Approved capital projects must be completed within one calendar year from the date of the project agreement is signed, or consistent with project agreement.
Who Can Apply: Organizations requesting support from BCIC must be tax-exempt as designated in Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the IRS or by the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office, or a department of the City of Brownsville.
Note: Pass-through applications will not be accepted.
Applicant must be an organization that has a federal non-profit status (for-profit businesses, individuals, taxing entities except for the City of Brownsville, schools and churches do not qualify). Pass through applications will not be accepted.
Application for capital project grant must have conducted business within the City of Brownsville limits for a minimum of two (2) years. Economic development projects may be excluded from this requirement.
Applicant must own the land or facility where the proposed project will be located. If the Applicant does not own the land, written acknowledgement/approval from the property owner must be included with the application. The letter must document that the property owner is aware of the proposed use of the property or facility and that the property owner has reviewed the project plan and application, approves and supports the efforts of the Applicant. Grantee must also submit a copy of the current lease agreement.
Application must not be for a previous BCIC funded capital project unless it’s a phase project.
Preference may be given to applicants who have not received funding from BCIC within the previous 12-month period.
Preference may be given to applicants who develop and demonstrate multiple revenue streams to financially support the capital project for grant funds requested.
Capital Project funds shall not be used in a manner that benefits an individual board member, officer or employee contrary to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to nepotism, conflicts of interest, and other prohibitions.
The Capital Project grant is a two-step application process. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) first to determine if the proposed project is eligible for Type B funds accordance to sales tax statures. If the project is determined to be eligible for Type B funds, the applicant will be invited to submit a full capital project grant application.
All submitted capital project applications are reviewed, scored and awarded by the BCIC Board of Directors. once awarded, the application will have to go through a public hearing, a 60-day comment period, and final approval from the Brownsville City Commission.
Deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by 4:00 P.M.
Spring 2018 Cycle
- LOI Application: January 3, 2018
- Deadline: March 15, 2018 * by invitation only
- Presentation to BCIC Board – Public Hearing: April 2018 subject to change
- Award Notification and Fund Available: July 2018
Fall Cycle 2018:
- LOI Application: June 30, 2018
- Deadline: September 15, 2018 * by invitation only
- Presentation to BCIC Board – Public Hearing: October 2018 subject to change
- Award Notification and Fund Available: January 2019
Not all projects qualify and are subject to board approval. Upon board approval, a 60-day public comment period is triggered which will ultimately result in the approval by the city commission.
Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application.
Guidelines and Application: https://bcicgrants.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx#4371597136646D517975544F5976596D4E73384E69673D3D
Please Note: A minimum of a 20% monetary match on the project’s total cost is required on all applications. Preference may be given if the match is greater than 20%. No organization/entity will be exempted. A Letter of Commitment will need to be submitted stating where financial support is coming from.
Funds awarded for approved applications are expended on a cost reimbursement basis. Project sponsors must initiate their approved projects with their own funds and be reimbursed up to 80% of allowable costs after submitting documentation expenses. The final 20% of the award will be paid only upon receipt of the final report and if in compliance with all requirements of the project agreement.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please contact Cori Peña, Administrator of Grants and Contracts, at (956) 548-6188 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries on grant application and/or eligibility.
USA: Texas: City of Brownsville