what we do

Transportation &
Economic Development

CAPCOG assists cities and counties in applying for Economic Development Administration (EDA), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) funds.

It works on various aspects of the grant application process depending on a community’s needs to include identifying grant opportunities, assisting with grant writing, coordinated site visits, and researching and organizing data to support applications. CAPCOG is TDA certified to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs funded under Texas Department of Agriculture. CDBG programs have the objective to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low- to moderate-income.

CAPCOG also provides technical assistance for local governments seeking EDA Public Works Program grants that strive to increase regional economic opportunities. The grant program supplies funds to communities to revitalize, expand or upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry; encourage business expansion; diversify local economies; and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs. It also can be used for acquisition or development of land and infrastructure investments needed to establish or expand industrial or commercial enterprises. Local governments can find other grant opportunities involving transportation and economic development infrastructure through the following state and federal institutions.

EDA Grants

Texas Department of Transportation Grants

TDA Grants

Some TDA grant programs have revolving funding cycles and some of the programs seek applications all year around. Those can be viewed on the TDA’s website; however, the TDA is currently seeking applications for the following programs.

View all TDA grant programs.

Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure / Real Estate Programs (Final Round) 

The Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure and Real Estate Programs are economic development tools designed to provide financial resources to non-entitlement communities. Funds from the infrastructure program can be used for public infrastructure needed to assist a business that commits to create or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons. Funds from the real estate program must be used for real estate development to assist a business that commits to create or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons. The real estate and improvements must be owned by the community and leased to the business. These programs encourage new business development and expansions. Eligible applicants are non-entitlement, general purpose, local government including municipalities and counties that are not participating or designated as eligible to participate in the entitlement portion of the federal CDBG Program. Non-entitlement municipalities 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.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020
Maximum Grant Amount: $1,000,000
Learn how to apply to the Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure and Real Estate Programs.

Fire, Ambulance, and Service Truck (FAST) Fund

The FAST Fund provides monies to eligible vehicles for emergency response and special services to rural communities. Eligible applicants are non-entitlement, general purpose, local government including municipalities and counties that are not participating or designated as eligible to participate in the entitlement portion of the federal CDBG Program. Non-entitlement 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.
Application Deadline: July 15, 2020
Maximum Grant Amount: $500,000
Learn how to apply to the Fire, Ambulance, and Service Truck (FAST) Fund. 

Planning & Capacity Building Fund

The Planning and Capacity Building Fund is a competitive grant program for local public facility and housing planning activities. Localities apply for financial assistance to prepare a “comprehensive plan” or any of its components. Typical activities regard topics such as: base mapping; land use, housing; population; economic development and/or tourism; central business district; street conditions; thoroughfares; parks and recreation; water distribution and supply; wastewater collection and treatment; drainage; streets & flood hazard areas; gas or electric systems, if owned by the locality; community facilities; capital improvements program; zoning ordinance; and subdivision regulation. Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, outlines all the generally eligible activities. Eligible applicants include non-entitlement cities and counties with a need for comprehensive or targeted planning.
Application Deadline: July 15, 2020
Maximum Grant Amount: $75,000
Learn how to apply to the Planning & Capacity Building Fund.

Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Program

The DRP/MS program provides funding for infrastructure improvements to address conditions that contribute to the deterioration in an area designated as slum or blighted in a community’s downtown or main street area. Eligible applicants are non-entitlement, general purpose, local government including municipalities and counties that are not participating or designated as eligible to participate in the entitlement portion of the federal CDBG Program. Non-entitlement 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.
Application Deadline: August 4, 2020
Maximum Grant Amount: $500,000
Learn how to apply to the Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Program.