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.

If you know of a funding opportunity, please forward it to ourregion@h-gac.com.


Local, Regional, State and National Opportunities

 

Institute for Sustainable Communities Partnership for Resilient Communities

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) seeks proposals from community-based organizations (CBOs) with strong histories of leading positive transformations in their neighborhoods to join the Partnership for Resilient Communities. This partnership is centered on the belief that communityorganizations play a powerful leadership role in ensuring local resilience solutions respond to resident needs, are rooted in equity and justice, and resonate with a community's vision for an equitable future. Selected organizations will receive customized technical assistance, ongoing opportunities to learn from partnership peers and national experts, as well as up to $150,000 in funding to shape and lead resilience projects born from the voices and priorities of the communities they serve. Applications are due Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

NFWF Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking applications for the 2018 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. This program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality and watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Applications are due Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

 

TDA Small Towns Environmental Program (STEP) Fund

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will begin accepting Small Towns Environmental Program (STEP) Fundtment of Agriculture (TDA) will begin accepting Small Town Environmental Program (STEP) applications on February 1, 2018. All complete applications submitted prior to February 1, 2018, will also be considered and date stamped February 1, 2018. The STEP program provides funds to eligible applicants for water and sewer infrastructure improvements using self-help methods. The community must provide local volunteer labor and available material resources such as equipment in order to demonstrate a 40% cost saving off the retail construction price of the water or sewer project. Communities must submit a letter of interest and schedule a town hall meeting with TDA prior to submitting an application.


 

TWDB Agricultural Water Conservation Grants

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018 Agricultural Water Conservation Grants. TWDB has up to $600,000 in grant funding available. Eligible grant categories this year include equipment cost share and technology transfer, innovative and alternative produciton systems, planning and design for irrigation system improvements, and feasibility studies of irrigating with produced water. Applications are due Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

 

 

National Wildlife Refuge System Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning Coastal Program

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, community-based program that provides technical and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Coastal Program staff coordinates with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the Coastal Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Projects are developed in collaboration with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance the mission and priorities of the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and the Coastal Program, and be based on sound scientific biological principles. Regional strategic plans describe the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applications are due Sunday, September 30, 2018.

 

 

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources.  The PFW Program is delivered through more than 250 full-time staff, active in all 50 States and territories.  Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas define where the program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species.  Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff.  Projects must advance the Department of the Interior's mission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission, and PFW's mission, promote biological diversity, and based upon sound scientific biological principles.  Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity.  Applicants seeking funding under this program should contact the National PFW Program office prior to submitting an application for funding. Applications are due Sunday, September 30, 2018.

 

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) 2017 Disaster Relief Fund

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) TxCDBG Disaster Relief Fund applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. These applications must be complete and request assistance for disaster events that were declared within 12 months of the application's submission.


H-GAC Grants

H-GAC's Community Enhancement Grants are designed to help municipalities, counties, and non-profit organizations enhance public spaces, such as gateways, parks, waterfronts, and business districts.

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 Drayage Loan Program helps short haul trucking companies/owner-operators purchase fuel-efficient and cleaner running trucks.

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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