Texas Department of Agriculture
10/01/19 5:00 PM CT
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.
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#: 154129
Funding Request Amounts:
- Minimum $50,000
- Maximum $350,000
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.
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):
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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