Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Programs

Fund Acronyms:

DRP/MS

Descriptions:

The DRP/MS program objective is to provide infrastructure improvements to address the conditions that contribute to the deterioration in an area designated as slum or blighted in the applicant community's downtown or main street area.


All Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are nonentitlement general purpose units of local government including 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). Nonentitlement cities that are not participating in urban county programs through existing participation agreements are eligible applicants (unless the city’s population is counted towards the urban county CDBG allocation).


 Nonentitlement cities are located predominately in rural areas and are cities with populations less than 50,000 thousand persons; cities that are not designated as a central city of a metropolitan statistical area; and cites that are not participating in urban county programs. Nonentitlement counties are also predominately rural in nature and are counties that generally have fewer than 200,000 persons in the nonentitlement cities and unincorporated areas located in the county.

Eligible Downtown Revitalization Applicants

Eligible applicants must be an incorporated municipality and not be designated as an official Texas Historical Commission Main Street City. To determine eligibility of a particular city, contact TDA. The city is responsible for the administration and success of the project throughout the term of the contract.

All proposed infrastructure improvements to be funded by the TxCDBG Program must be located on public property within the designated downtown district. Typically, a downtown district will meet 2 or more of the following:

1) The city’s historic area of commerce

2) May be the area around the courthouse or city square;

3) Commercial area for the community

4) Buildings of historical significance, but not primarily residential

5) Must be areas included in or contiguous to the economic center of the community; and

6) The retail area for the community that does not include single-family dwellings.

Eligible Main Street Revitalization Applicants

Eligible applicants must be an incorporated municipality with a designation as an official Texas Historical Commission Main Street City prior to applying to TxCDBG and must remain a participating city for the duration of the award/contract. To determine eligibility of a particular city, contact TDA. The city is responsible for the administration and success of the project throughout the term of the contract.

All proposed infrastructure improvements to be funded by the TxCDBG Program must be located on public property within the designated Main Street area.

Award Amounts

$50,000/$500,000

Due to the current pandemic conditions, TDA offices remain closed to the public.  Therefore TDA is modifying the application submission procedures as follows:

All Applications for TXCDG Funding must be submitted electronically to TDA

- Submit all applications to CDBGapps@TexasAgriculture.gov
      - The emailed application will be the document of record
      - TDA strongly discourages mail delivery for applications – application materials mailed to TDA that arrive after the application due date will not be considered part of the original application
      - TDA will NOT be accepting hand-delivered applications

- Please use subject line: [Fund Acronym] - [Name of Applicant]
      - Example: DRP/MS – Sample City
      - Example: CFC – Sample County

-The email must include a complete scanned copy of the application as a single PDF document
      - Maps must be legible and not folded
      - Newspaper publications must be scanned as described in the application guide
      - If an income survey was performed, include the Survey Tab Form in the single PDF document.  If the survey has not been previously approved (including TDA staff initials), attach the complete survey documentation (Survey Tab Form, Address List, Survey Questionnaires) as a separate document

- The PDF application must be signed by the authorized official
      - Scanned copies of the wet ink signature are acceptable
      - Digital signatures that comply with the TxCDBG Project Implementation Manual requirements are also acceptable (See Chapter 2, page 6)

Application Deadline: September 1, 2020

2020 DRP/MS Application Guide 

2020 DRP/MS Application - To view application, right click and download. Then open the file from the location you saved the document.

For further information about the Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Programs, please contact Crystal Ortegon by email at Crystal.Ortegon@TexasAgriculture.gov or by calling (512) 936-0286.