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Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds directly to states, which, in turn, provide the funds to cities with populations less than 50,000, and to counties that have a non-metropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct funding from HUD. These communities are called non-entitlement areas, because they must apply for CDBG funds through the Texas CDBG program. Larger cities, entitlement areas, receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.

Review a non-entitlement and entitlement communities.

The Texas CDBG program is administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).

Community Development (CD) Fund

The Community Development (CD) Fund is the largest fund category in the TxCDBG Program. This fund is available in the CAPCOG region and the other 23 state planning regions.  Although most funds are used for Public Facilities (water/wastewater infrastructure, street and drainage improvements and housing activities), there are numerous activities for which these funds may be used.

Eligible cities and counties within the CAPCOG region will be able to submit applications for TxCDBG CD Funds when the program opens in early 2023. The application deadline will be in May 2023. Communities within each COG region compete against each other for funding.

Scoring Applications

All applications for TxCDBG CD Funds within the CAPCOG region during the 2023-2024 cycle will be scored using the same criteria. The scoring criteria is weighted as follows:

Share of ScoreSourceApplicability
10%Factors adopted by Texas Department of AgricultureAll applications statewide
65%Factors adopted by the Unified Scoring CommitteeAll applications statewide
25%Project priorities selected by CAPCOGOnly applications within the CAPCOG region
Texas Department of Agriculture

Ten percent of the score for all applications in the state will be determined by TDA based on the following factors:

  1. Past Performance on previously awarded contracts – Maximum of 16 Points
    • Timely submission of Close-out reports,
    • Environmental clearance within 6 months of the contract start date,
    • Extension of contracts (i.e., timeliness of completing projects), and
    • Maximum utilization of grant funds awarded
  2. TxCDBG Priorities, such as early public hearing participation or fair housing activities, as determined by TDA prior to release of the CD Fund Request for Application Guide – Maximum of 4 points

Unified Scoring Committee

The Commissioner of Agriculture appoints one representative from each of the 24 state planning regions to serve on a Unified Scoring Committee (USC). The USC met on May 6, 2022, in Corpus Christi to establish scoring factors that will be used to determine 65 percent of the score of applications being reviewed. CAPCOG’s representative on the USC is Johnson City Council Member Stephanie Fisher. The factors chosen by the USC will apply to all applications in the state.

Read the 2023-24 Scoring Factors Adopted by the USC.

CAPCOG Scoring Subcommittee

The CAPCOG Executive Committee appointed a subcommittee to establish regional priorities that will comprise 25 percent of the score for applications within the CAPCOG region. The subcommittee, after meeting and conducting a public hearing on June 2, 2022, identified three different priority levels for activities as indicated in the table below. The points that will be awarded to applications that include projects involving those activities.

CategoryActivitiesNumber of Points
(50 maximum)
1st PriorityFlood Drainage Improvements, Waster/Sewer Improvements, Street Improvements, Rehab Single-Unit Water or Sewer Service50 points
2nd PriorityClearance and Demolition and Code Enforcement40 points
3rd PriorityAll other project types, including other types of housing rehabilitation projects under 14A25 Pointes

Review the certified copy of the subcommittee’s record of action selecting the activity priorities.

Review the list of all eligible activities from which the subcommittee chose priorities.

Contact Charles Simon with questions about the TxCDBG program.

The CAPCOG Scoring Subcommittee Members
  • Mayor Connie Schroeder, City of Bastrop – Chair
  • Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Hays County
  • Judge Hoppy Haden, Caldwell County
  • Judge Ron Cunningham, Llano County
  • Council Member Stephanie Fisher, City of Johnson City (CAPCOG’s 2023-2024 USC Representative)

Read the CAPCOG resolution creating the 2023-2024 TxCDBG Regional Priorities Subcommittee.
Review the form the subcommittee will provide to TDA indicating the CAPCOG priorities.

Additional ResourcesTxCDBG Guide Books
Texas Department of Agriculture CD Fund InformationPrior year Regional Review Committee Guidebooks (All State Planning Areas)
Scores for CAPCOG Region Projects in 20212019-2020 Regional Review Committee Guidebooks (CAPCOG Only)
2017-2018 Regional Review Committee Guidebooks (CAPCOG Only)
2015-2016 Regional Review Committee Guidebooks (CAPCOG Only)