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 American Rescue Plan Act Funding Opportunities
The EDA has $3 billion to distribute nationwide as part of the American Rescue Plan Act to help spur economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The EDA released six funding notices for programs funded through the act on July 22, 2021. They are:
CAPCOG is encouraging local jurisdictions to apply for the Economic Adjustment Assistance and the Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation programs. It can provide technical assistance, project development and application coordination to any of the jurisdictions in the 10-county region seeking the programs’ funds.
The Economic Adjustment Assistance program allocates $500 million to communities, with $200 million committed to coal communities. The program is geared to helping communities plan, build, innovate, and to get people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs. A wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program. Application deadline: The EDA and CAPCOG recommend applications as soon as possible but no later than March 15, 2022. Read more about the program.
The Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation program, allocates $240 million in competitive grants to accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on those industry sectors. It provides funds to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future. State, local governments and nonprofits that work in cooperation with local governments qualify to apply for the program. Application deadline: The EDA and CAPCOG recommend applications as soon as possible but no later than January 31, 2022. Read more about the program.
CAPCOG will release more information about the Recuse Plan funding when it becomes available.
The CAPCOG Community and Economic Development Division started a webinar series with its first webinars taking place at 11 a.m. July 8 and 15 on Microsoft Teams. The final webinar will be August 5. The webinars prepare communities for applying for EDA’s American Rescue Plan Act funding.
This first webinar — held July 8, 2021 — addressed the application process for EDA grants. It discussed application forms and documents that would-be applicants should prepare for construction and non-construction projects as well as a grants.gov overview. Robert Peche, EDA’s Economic Development Representative of South and West Texas with the Austin Regional Office, led the webinar.
EDA American Rescue Plan Act Funding Webinars – Successful Applications
This second webinar — held July 15, 2021 — in the series featured Giddings EDC Director, Tonya Britton, who discussed best practices and tips for submitting a successful EDA grant application. Giddings received $1.8 million for a broadband, water, and road improvement project as part of EDA’s CARES Act funding opportunity. Britton is a 20-year veteran in the field of economic development and has served as the Giddings Economic Development Corporation Executive Director since June 2014.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides the Economic Development Administration (EDA) with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to Coronavirus. EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance program, provides a wide range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Eligible entities that can apply for this grant include state, counties, cities, or political subdivisions of the state engaged in economic or infrastructure development, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision. CAPCOG is directed by EDA to provide technical assistance, project development and application coordination on EDA grant programs. CAPCOG Contact: Rachel Ellis Application Deadline:There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new notice of funding opportunity. Maximum funding amount: $30 million Get more information from the EDA. Read the funding opportunity addendum. Learn to apply.
CAPCOG conducted a webinar on the EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding opportunity on May, 14, 2020. The webinar covered key components of applying for the funding such as project eligibility, applications deadlines, local match requirements and more.
TxDOT announces grants throughout the year. Its programs often fall into the following categories: Program Contacts, Public Transportation, Financial Management, Routine Airport Maintenance, Traffic Safety, and the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund.
TxDOT administers TA funds for locally sponsored bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects in communities of less than 200,000. In large urbanized areas with populations over 200,000, TA funds are distributed directly to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) to administer according to their needs. MPOs and TxDOT are responsible for selecting projects independent of one another.
Some TDA grant programs have revolving funding cycles and some of the programs seek applications all year round. Those can be viewed on the TDA’s website; however, the TDA is currently seeking applications for the following programs.
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: closed Maximum Grant Amount: $1,000,000 Learn how to apply to the Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure and Real Estate Programs.
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: Sept. 1, 2020 Maximum Grant Amount: $500,000 Learn how to apply to the Fire, Ambulance, and Service Truck (FAST) 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: Sept. 1, 2020 Maximum Grant Amount: $75,000 Learn how to apply to the Planning & Capacity Building Fund.
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: Sept. 1, 2020 Maximum Grant Amount: $500,000 Learn how to apply to the Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Program.