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CDBG

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 in the CAPCOG region.

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

TxCDBG Community Development Fund 2025-26

Purpose: The primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low- to moderate-income. The Community Development Fund is the largest fund category in the TxCDBG Program. These funds are available on a biennial basis through a competition in each of the 24 state planning regions. Although, most funds are used for Public Facilities (water/wastewater infrastructure, street and drainage improvements and housing activities), there are numerous other activities for which these funds may be used.

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are nonentitlement cities and counties that are not participating or designated as eligible to participate in the entitlement portion of the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).

TxCDBG-Eligible Local Governments in the CAPCOG Region

Maximum Grant Amount: $500,000
Application Deadline: TBD
Apply at https://tda-go.intelligrants.com/.
Go to the TDA grant’s webpage.

Applications for projects in the CAPCOG region will be scored according to the method indicated in the Application Guide and will use regional project priorities as determined by the CAPCOG Scoring Subcommittee. Read about the process below.

Community Development (CD) Fund Process

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 2025. 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 2025-2026 cycle will be scored using the same criteria. The scoring criteria is weighted as follows:

Share of Score Source Applicability
10% Factors adopted by Texas Department of Agriculture All applications statewide
65% Factors adopted by the Unified Scoring Committee All applications statewide
25% Project priorities selected by CAPCOG Only 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 April 10, 2024, in San Antonio 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 Mayor Stephanie Fisher. The factors chosen by the USC will apply to all applications in the state.

Read the 2024-25 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 will conduct a public hearing on May 13, 2024 to identify 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.

Category Activities Number of Points
(50 maximum)
1st Priority TBD TBD
2nd Priority TBD TBD
3rd Priority TBD TBD

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
  • Judge Hoppy Haden, Caldwell County
  • Judge Ron Cunningham, Llano County
  • Mayor Pro Tem Steve Hougen, City of Granite Shoals
  • Mayor Joel Lopez, City of Giddings
  • Mayor Stephanie Fisher, City of Johnson City (CAPCOG’s 2025-2026 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 Resources TxCDBG Guide Books
Texas Department of Agriculture CD Fund Information Prior year Regional Review Committee Guidebooks (All State Planning Areas)
Scores for CAPCOG Region Projects in 2021 2019-2020 Regional Review Committee Guidebooks (CAPCOG Only)
2017-2018 Regional Review Committee Guidebooks (CAPCOG Only)
2015-2016 Regional Review Committee Guidebooks (CAPCOG Only)

HUD’s Opportunity Portal & Section 3

HUD’s Section 3 Opportunity Portal helps HUD grantees and Section 3 businesses meet Section 3 benchmarks. The site is used by Section 3 workers, targeted workers or employers. Section 3 workers may search for jobs and post profile/employment history for companies to search. Employers may post job and contract opportunities or search for workers to fill positions.

 

Under the Section 3 program, recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, must provide training, employment, contracting and other economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons. This is especially true for recipients of government assistance for housing and to businesses that provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.

Individuals may qualify as a worker, targeted worker or Section 3 business concern by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  1. recipient of government assistance for housing
  2. income falls below HUD’s income limits

Businesses may qualify as Section 3 business by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  1. ownership/control by a low-or very low-income person(s)
  2. owned and controlled by public housing residents
  3. business that has at least 75% of labor hours using Section 3 workers