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


National Park Service Underrepresented Community Grants

The National Parks Service is accepting applications for its Underrepresented Community Grants program to support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. All projects must result in the submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark program, or an amendment to an existing National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination. Applications are due Monday, July 31, 2017

TCEQ 2018 Clean Water Act Section 319 Grants

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Nonpoint Source Program is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2018 Clean Water Act Section 319 grant program. The TCEQ administers federal grants for activities that prevent or reduce nonpoint source pollution. Grants are awarded annually and fund projects for up to three years. Applications are due Monday, July 31, 2017

NPS State Historic Preservation Office HPF Grants

The National Park Service (NPS) State Historic Preservation Office, through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) offers annual matching grants to assist in expanding and accelerating historic preservation activities, such as identification, evaluation, and protection of historic properties by such means as survey, planning technical assistance, acquisition, and development. Applications are due Thursday, August 31, 2017.

NEA Our Town Grant Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places through partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities. Applications are due in September 2017. See the NEA website for an application calendar.

USFWS Coastal Technical and Financial Assistance Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance 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. Eligible entities include local governments and individuals. Applications are due Saturday, September 30, 2017.

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.

TDA Small Towns Environmental Program (STEP) Fund

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Small Towns Environmental Program (STEP) Fund program provides funds to eligible applicants for water and sewer infrastructure improvements utilizing 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. The TDA accepts letters of interest and applications throughout the year until all available funds are obligated.

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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