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

Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Programs

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Texas Department of Agriculture

Deadline Date:

07/15/22 11:59 PM CT

Description:

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Grants to Texas local governments in rural areas for infrastructure improvements to downtown or main street areas. The purpose of this program is to address and eliminate slums and blight. Funding is intended to support community and economic development activities that benefit low-to-moderate income individuals.

TxCDBG Goals and Requirements

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 Texas 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, and rural health 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.

All proposed infrastructure improvements to be funded by the TxCDBG Program must be located on public property within the designated downtown district. Typically, a downtown district will meet 2 or more of the following:

  1. The city’s historic area of commerce
  2. May be the area around the courthouse or city square;
  3. Commercial area for the community
  4. Buildings of historical significance, but not primarily residential
  5. Must be areas included in or contiguous to the economic center of the community; and
  6. The retail area for the community that does not include single-family dwellings.

All proposed infrastructure improvements to be funded by the TxCDBG Program must be located on public property within the designated Main Street area.

For Eligible Activities, see https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/DRP-MS/2022%20DRP%20Guide.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154129

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum $250,000 Maximum $500,000

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 and not be designated as an official Texas Historical Commission Main Street City. To determine eligibility of a particular city, contact TDA. The city is responsible for the administration and success of the project throughout the term of the contract.

Eligible Main Street Revitalization Applicants
Eligible applicants must be an incorporated municipality with a designation as an official Texas Historical Commission Main Street City prior to applying to TxCDBG and must remain a participating city for the duration of the award/contract. To determine eligibility of a particular city, contact TDA. The city is responsible for the administration and success of the project throughout the term of the contract.

Ineligible Activities: https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/DRP-MS/2022%20DRP%20Guide.pdf#page=6

Pre-Application Information:

The Downtown Revitalization Program will be available on a competitive basis to eligible applicants statewide. Applications for the 2022 program year are due by 11:59 p.m. C.T. on July 15, 2022. Technical assistance from TDA staff will be unavailable after 5:00 p.m. on the final day of submission.

For information about Matching Funds, see https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/DRP-MS/2022%20DRP%20Guide.pdf#page=25.

Contact Information:

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

Applications will be accepted online via the TDA-GO! grant management system. The system may be accessed by navigating to https://tda-go.intelligrants.com/.

For further information about the Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Programs, please contact Crystal Ortegon by email at Crystal.Ortegon@TexasAgriculture.gov.

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