Funding Sources

The list provides links to current funding opportunities that may help support the Big Ideas and strategies of Our Great Region 2040. Please refer to each opportunity for eligibility information and deadlines.

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Local, Regional, State and National Opportunities


USDA Communities Connect Program Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to establish broadband infrastructure in unserved rural communities. The Community Connect Program helps rural communities extend access where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people and businesses. State and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit corporations are eligible to apply. Grants awarded through this program must be used to provide broadband service at a minimum rate-of-data transmission of 25 megabits downstream and 3 megabits upstream, which is the speed benchmark for broadband connectivity adopted by the Federal Communications Commission. Awardees must also use their USDA funding to offer free broadband service to all critical community facilities and a community center in their proposed service area for two years. The minimum grant amount is $100,000; the maximum amount is $3 million. Applicants must be able to provide a 15 percent match on the desired grant amount. T For additional information about the current application window, see the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applicants are also encouraged to review the Community Connect Grant Program Application Guide for Fiscal Year 2019 for details on how to complete a successful application. Applications are due April 15, 2019.


EDA 2018 Disaster Recovery Funding

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) published the FY18 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Stafford Act as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and other natural disasters in 2017. EDA disaster grants are made by its Regional Offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program, which enables EDA to make awards that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities in areas which experience sudden and prolonged severe economic dislocation. EDA encourages the submission of applications based on long-term, regionally-oriented, and collaborative development strategies that foster economic growth and resilience. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received.


TDA Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure and Real Estate Program

The 2017 Application and Guide are now available for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Development and Real Estate programs. The 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 and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low- and moderate- income people. Funds from the real estate program must be used for real estate development to assist a business that commits to create and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low- and moderate- income people. The real estate and/or improvements must be owned by the community and leased to the business. These programs encourage new business development and expansions. Applications are due on the 20th of each month.


EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program

Through its Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) assists eligible recipients in developing economic development plans and studies designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients' respective regions. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. This Planning and Local Technical Assistance opportunity will remain in effect until superseded by a future announcement.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting grant applications to provide investments that support construction, nonconstruction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA's Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to forward economic prosperity in distressed communities. There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new funding opportunity notice.

TERP Rebates Grants Program

The Texas Emmissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Rebate Grants Program provides financial incentives to repower or replace older heavy-duty dieselvehicles and non-road diesel equipment to reduce emissions in the eligible areas. Approximately $10 million is available under this Request for Grant Applications. Eligible applicants include individuals, businesses, districts, non-profits, or government entities that own or operate eligible vehicles and equipment in the eligible areas. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

TWDB Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program

The Texas Water Development Board provides low interest financial assistance for planning, design, and construction of wastewater infrastructure. Eligible participants include cities, counties, districts, river authorities, other public bodies and private entities proposing nonpoint source or estuary management projects. Funding is available year round.

TWDB Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program

The Texas Water Development Board provides low interest financial assistance for planning, design and construction of water infrastructure. Eligible participants include publicly and privately owned community public water systems, including non-profit water supply corporations and non-profit, non-community public water systems. Funding is available year round.

TDA Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) 2018 Disaster Relief Fund

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) TxCDBG Disaster Relief Fund applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds can be used to restore infrastructure damaged by natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, etc., to pre-disaster condition in design, function, and capacity. These applications must be complete and request assistance for disaster events that were declared within 12 months of the application's submission.

H-GAC Loans

H-GAC currently manages a suite of business loan programs including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program, and the Economic Development Administration Business Loan Fund.

The SBA 504 Loan Program provides long-term business expansion financing for real estate, construction, and equipment purchases.

The EDA Business Loan Fund assists businesses in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike.

The EDA Government Loan Fund assists government in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike.

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