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Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Programs

Grants to Texas Agencies in Rural Areas for Infrastructure
Improvements to Downtown or Main Street Areas

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Texas Department of Agriculture

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05/03/21 11:59 PM CT


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Grants to Texas local governments in rural areas for infrastructure improvements to downtown or main street areas. Applicants must hold a public meeting prior to submitting an application. Eligible projects are those that rehabilitate areas that are detrimental to the safety, health, or welfare of the community. Funding is intended for cities with populations of less than 50,000 people and counties with populations of less than 200,000.

The goal of the Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, as well as by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low-to-moderate income. In awarding funding pursuant to Government Code Section 487.351(c), the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) shall give priority to eligible activities in the areas of economic development, community development, rural health and rural housing to support workforce development.

The objectives of the TxCDBG Program are:

  1. To improve public facilities to meet basic human needs, principally for low-to-moderate income persons;
  2. To improve housing conditions, principally for persons of low-to-moderate income;
  3. To expand economic opportunities by creating or retaining jobs, principally for low-to-moderate income persons; and
  4. To provide assistance and public facilities to eliminate conditions hazardous to the public health and of an emergency nature.

For the Downtown Revitalization Fund, a community must meet the Elimination of Slum and/or Blight Conditions NPO. Proposed activities must address the NPO of eliminating slum or blight. The requested assistance must be for public infrastructure improvements which will address one or more of the conditions that contributed to the deterioration of an area designated as slum or blighted in the downtown or main street area of the community. For more information about the NPO, see:

Eligible Activities: TxCDBG monies are only available for public infrastructure improvements or activities explicitly needed to eliminate slum and blight conditions in the downtown or main street area.

Funds may be provided for the following activities if they address the existing blighted conditions:

  • Sidewalks and lighting
  • Activities required to eliminate architectural barriers for the disabled
  • Water and/or sewer lines
  • Road construction/rehabilitation, to include curb and gutter and related drainage
  • Natural gas lines and related items
  • Electric power lines and transformers
  • Utilities including natural gas, and electric
  • High-speed internet infrastructure, with prior approval from TDA
  • Grant administration – up to 16% of TxCDBG funds requested for construction and acquisition activities or $35,000, whichever is less
  • Engineering services – up to 25% of TxCDBG funds requested for construction and acquisition activities or $55,000, whichever is less
  • Demolition and clearance activity of non-residential structures. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154129

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum: $50,000. Maximum: $350,000.

Term of Contract:

Contract Period: 24 months.
- Progress Threshold #1: Obligate 50% of TxCDBG contract funds at 12 months.
- Progress Threshold #2: Construction complete, PCR and final draw submitted at 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonentitlement general purpose units of local government including cities and counties that are not participating or designated as eligible to participate in the entitlement portion of the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Nonentitlement cities that are not participating in urban county programs through existing participation agreements are eligible applicants (unless the city’s population is counted towards the urban county CDBG allocation).

Nonentitlement cities are located predominately in rural areas and are cities with populations less than 50,000 thousand persons; cities that are not designated as a central city of a metropolitan statistical area; and cites that are not participating in urban county programs. Nonentitlement counties are also predominately rural in nature and are counties that generally have fewer than 200,000 persons in the nonentitlement cities and unincorporated areas located in the county.

Eligible Downtown Revitalization Applicants:

Eligible applicants must be an incorporated municipality. All proposed infrastructure improvements must be located on public property within the designated downtown district or Main Street area. Typically, a downtown district will meet the following criteria:
1. The city’s historic area of commerce or economic center of the community;
2. May be the area around the courthouse or city square, if the improvements will primarily serve nongovernmental buildings;
3. The retail area for the community that does not include single-family dwellings.

Main Street Set-Aside

Communities with a designation as an official Texas Historical Commission (THC) Main Street City shall be scored and ranked separately from communities that are not participating in THC’s Main Street Program. Applicants participating in the program must remain a participating city for the duration of the award/contract.

For Ineligible Activities, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2021 program year are due by 11:59 p.m. C.T. on May 3, 2021. Technical assistance from TDA staff will be unavailable after 5:00 p.m. on the final day of submission.

Prior to the preparation and submission of an application for TxCDBG funds, each applicant must hold at least one public hearing and publish a notice that describes the application activities and the availability of the application(s) for public review.

TDA is introducing a new online grant management system, called Texas Department of Agriculture – Grants Online (TDA-GO!). This application is anticipated to be launched for public access in January 2021 and submissions shall be accepted through TDA-GO! System. TDA encourages communities to spend the next few months selecting a project and documenting the National Program Objective. Once the online application is released, the data and supporting documentation can be entered relatively quickly.

For a list of recommended steps in the application process, see:

Match Ratio: A minimum 3.5% cash match is required.

TxCDBG applicants must demonstrate an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) to be eligible for funding. Information on SAM registration is available at

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For further information about the Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Programs, please contact Crystal Ortegon by email at or by calling (512) 936-0286.

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