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USA: Texas

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Main Street Improvements Program Grants

Texas Department of Agriculture

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #146638

Grant Description

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Grants starting at $50,000 are available to Texas municipalities to eliminate blight and/or slum conditions. Cities that have been designated Main Street cities by the Texas Historical Commission, and have fewer than 50,000 residents, can use these funds to improve public infrastructure and for land acquisition.

For all proposed uses, requested funds may not exceed the minimum necessary to meet the needs of the Main Street area. Excess/speculative improvements, extra connections or excessive looping will not be funded.

Eligible Uses - Funds may be provided for the following:
- Water lines, storage and pumping facilities, and related items;
- Sewer lines, lift stations, and related items;
- Road construction/renovation, to include curb and gutter and related drainage;
- Natural gas lines;
- Electric power lines and transformers;
- Purchase of land, easements, right-of-ways necessary for project;
- Lighting, sidewalks, public parking lots;
- Activities required to eliminate architectural barriers for the disabled; and
- Award administration.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be an incorporated municipality with a designation as an official Texas Historical Commission Main Street City prior to applying to TCF.

The applying city generally is less than 50,000 in population and cannot be designated as eligible or entitled to receive Community Development funding from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These cities are referred to as non-entitlement communities. To determine eligibility of a particular city, contact the Department.

Applicant Performance Threshold Requirements - A city must meet all of the following requirements in order for its application to be considered:

1. Address the objective of eliminating slum or blight conditions in the downtown area of the community by the following objectives. The assistance must be for public infrastructure improvements, which will aid in the elimination of a slum or blighted area.

2. Demonstrate the ability to manage and administer the proposed project, including delivery of all the proposed benefits outlined in the application.

3. Demonstrate the financial management capacity to operate and maintain any improvements made in conjunction with the proposed project.

4. Levy a local property tax or local sales tax option.

5. Demonstrate satisfactory performance on prior and existing TxCDBG contracts and resolve all outstanding compliance and audit findings related to previous TxCDBG awards.

6. Applicants may not have an existing TCF contract with an award date in excess of 48 months prior to the application deadline date, regardless of extensions granted.

7. If an existing contract requires an extension beyond the initial term, TDA must be in receipt of the request for extension no less than sixty (60) days prior to contract expiration date. If an existing contract expires prior to or on the new application deadline date, without an approved extension, TDA must be in receipt of complete closeout documentation for the existing contract no less than thirty (30) days prior to the new application deadline date.

8. TCF program funds may not be used in any county that is designated by Texas Water Development Board as an Economically Distressed Area, unless the county has adopted and is enforcing the Model Subdivision Rules established pursuant to Section 12.343 of the Water Code or agrees to adopt and/or enforce the Model Subdivision Rules.

An incorporated city that is located in any EDAP designated county that has not adopted, or is not enforcing the Model Subdivision Rules, may submit an application for TCF funds. However, that incorporated city must adopt the Model Subdivision Rules prior to the expenditure of any TCF funds for the proposed project. For more information, contact the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) at 512/463-0991, or visit the Assistance Section of the TWDB website at

9. The applicant must be in good standing and compliance with THC’s Main Street Program.

Pre-Application Information:

The threshold for an application requires the city to provide a minimum cash match of 10% of the TCF request amount. Points, for additional match funds, may be earned as described in Match Requirement.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 to $150,000

Term of Contract:

Two years from the beginning date of the TCF contract.

Contact Information:

Chad Hinds
Fax (888) 216-9867

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