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Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Programs

Grants to Texas Rural City Governments for
Infrastructure and Rehabilitation of Downtown Areas

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Texas Department of Agriculture

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 5:00 PM CT

Description:

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Grants starting at $50,000 to Texas non-entitlement city governments for projects that rehabilitate downtown districts in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000, primarily for low-to-moderate income residents. Applicants must hold a hearing for public participation prior to submission of the application. Eligible projects improve infrastructure on public property, promote handicapped accessibility, and renovate blighted areas.

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 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

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.

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

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. Cities are responsible to pay construction contractors according to the terms of their agreements. TxCDBG monies are available to reimburse cities for construction draws when they are in compliance with the terms of their TxCDBG contract. Failure to comply with the terms of the TxCDBG contract does not relieve the city of its liability to pay contractors.

Funds may be provided for the following:
- Sidewalks, lighting, public parking lots.
- 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.
- Award administration.
- Elimination of slum and blight conditions, including demolition and clearance activity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154129

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Request Amounts:
- Minimum $50,000
- Maximum $350,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

Ineligible Activities:
The applicant may not use funds for the following:
- Grant or otherwise transfer TxCDBG monies to a business.
- Speculation, investment or excess improvements over the minimum improvements needed for the area.
- Building rehabilitation, building construction, machinery, equipment, or working capital.
- Landscaping, benches, ornamental signs or trash cans.
- Operation & maintenance activities, such as re-striping or sealcoating
- Refinancing or to repay the applicant, a local related economic development entity, a benefiting business or its owners and related parties for expenditures.
- Architectural and/or Engineering services (but may be used for matching funds).
- Demolition of a historic building.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please visit the TxCBDG Training Page for 2019 Application Training webinar dates and registration:
http://texasagriculture.gov/GrantsServices/RuralEconomicDevelopment/RuralCommunityDevelopmentBlockGrant(CDBG)/Training.aspx

Pre-Application Information:

The Texas Capital Fund Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Programs will be available on a competitive basis, to eligible applicants statewide. Applications for the 2019 program year are due by 5:00 p.m. C.T. on October 1, 2019.

TDA will be accepting Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Program applications on the same date.

Matching Funds:
At a minimum, TxCDBG monies must be matched with a minimum of 5% of the requested grant amount in the form of cash from the city. Additional match contributions may earn additional points in the scoring process. Additional match may come from other eligible sources. Reimbursable and matching funds may not be spent or incurred prior to a contract execution date from the TxCDBG program.

Note: Matching funds from other state or federal sources are ineligible for DRP or MS.

Each applicant must complete a citizen participation process that complies with the TxCDBG Citizen Participation Plan requirements as described in this guide prior to submitting an application. For more information please see: https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/RED/CDBG/DRP-MS/DRP%20MS%202019%20App%20Guide%20-%20Final1.pdf#page=9

Contact Information:

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

To submit an application:

Electronic copies may be emailed to cdbgapps@TexasAgriculture.gov or submitted on a CD or flash drive.

Contact Information:
Mailing Address (for U.S. Postal Service):
Texas Department of Agriculture
Texas Community Development Block Grant Program
Post Office Box 12847, Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711

Physical Address (for Overnight Carriers):
1700 Congress Avenue, 11th Floor Mailroom
Austin, Texas 78701

Physical Address (for Hand Delivery):
1700 Congress Avenue, 2nd Floor
Austin, Texas 78701

Telephone (for Technical Assistance):
Aubrey-Ann Gilmore
512-936-7894

Crystal Ortegon
512-936-0286

For further information about the Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Programs, please contact Aubrey-Ann Gilmore by email at Aubrey-Ann.Gilmore@TexasAgriculture.gov or by calling at the number above.

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