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Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Programs

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

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Funding Source:

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Texas Department of Agriculture

Deadline Date:

09/01/20 5:00 PM CT

Description:

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Grants to Texas government agencies for infrastructure improvements to downtown or main street areas. 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.

The DRP/MS program objective is to provide infrastructure improvements to address the conditions that contribute to the deterioration in an area designated as slum or blighted in the applicant community's downtown or main street area.
Funds may be provided for the following:
  • Sidewalks and lighting,
  • Activities required to eliminate architectural barriers for the disabled.
  • 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 and related items.
  • Electric power lines and transformers.
  • Utilities including natural gas, and electric
  • High-speed internet infrastructure, with prior approval from TDA
  • Award administration
  • Demolition and clearance activity of non-residential structures. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154129

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum: $50,000. Maximum: $500,000.

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:

Units of general local government may apply.

Eligible applicants are incorporated cities not participating or designated as eligible to participate in the entitlement portion of the federal Community Development Block Grant Program. Non-entitlement cities that are not participating in urban county programs through existing participation agreements are eligible applicants unless the city’s population counts toward the urban county CDBG allocation.

Non-entitlement cities are located predominately in rural areas and are generally:
• cities with populations of less than 50,000 persons;
• cities that are not designated as a central city of a metropolitan statistical area; or
• cities that are not participating in urban county programs.

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.
For more information about downtown districts, see: https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/2020%20DRP-MS%20App%20Guide%20V2.pdf#page=5

Eligible Main Street Revitalization Applicants:
Eligible applicants must be an incorporated municipality with a designation as an official Texas Historical Commission (THC) 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. All proposed infrastructure improvements to be funded by the TxCDBG Program must be located on public property within the designated Main Street area.

The applicant must demonstrate progress in all current open contracts to be eligible to submit an application.

For Ineligible Activities, see: https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/2020%20DRP-MS%20App%20Guide%20V2.pdf#page=6

For city requirements, see: https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/2020%20DRP-MS%20App%20Guide%20V2.pdf#page=7

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2020 program year are due by 5:00 p.m. C.T. on September 1, 2020. Applications will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on the date due. Completed applications may be emailed or submitted on a CD or flash drive by U.S. postal service, hand delivery, or overnight carrier.

The official designation of an area as slum or blighted should be within 5 years of the application deadline.

Each applicant is required to provide verification of compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (54 U.S.C. 300101 et seq.) as described. The application must include a copy of the letter submitted for determination of historic district eligibility to the History Division’s National Register Program, at the Texas Historical Commission and any written response.

Each applicant must complete a citizen participation process that complies with the TxCDBG Citizen Participation Plan requirements prior to submitting an application.

TxCDBG monies are to reimburse a city for eligible expenditures it has made or incurred, rather than advance payments. These reimbursements will be only for work/materials actually completed/delivered.

At a minimum, TxCDBG monies must be matched with a minimum of 3.5% of the requested grant amount in the form of cash from the city.

For more information on matching funds, see: https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/2020%20DRP-MS%20App%20Guide%20V2.pdf#page=8
For information on public hearing requirements, see: https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/2020%20DRP-MS%20App%20Guide%20V2.pdf#page=14

Contact Information:

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

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

Submit applications to:
Email: cdbgapps@TexasAgriculture.gov.

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