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CDBG Announcements

TxCDBG IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOPS 2019 - REGISTER NOW!

You may now register for TxCDBG's 2019 Implementation Workshops.  Registration, session locations and other details can be found on TxCDBG's Training page HERE.  

July 17, 2019   
TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable: 830am - 9:30am
Implementation Workshop: 9:30am - 4:00pm            

August 7, 2019
TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable: 830am - 9:30am
Implementation Workshop: 9:30am - 4:00pm

August 13, 2019 (Optional Environmental Review Workshop)
****CLOSED as of 5/13/19*** (To be placed on the waiting list, click HERE)
Environmental Review Workshop: 9:30am - 4:00pm
TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

August 14, 2019
TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable: 830am - 9:30am
Implementation Workshop: 9:30am - 4:00pm

September 5, 2019 (WEBINAR)
TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable: 830am - 9:30am
Implementation Workshop: 9:30am - 2:00pm

September 11 - 12, 2019 (Beginners Workshop)
TxCDBG Workshop for Beginners: 9:00am - 4:00pm (both days)
 

CDBG 2019 ONE YEAR ACTION PLAN - PUBLIC HEARING

TDA is pleased to announce a Public Hearing to address the 2019 One Year Action Plan, including the "method of distribution" for CDBG funds in the coming year. 


Relevant documentation:

DRAFT 2019 One Year Action Plan - MOD Excerpt
DRAFT 2019 One Year Action Plan Attachment: Allocation of CDBG Program Income and Deobligated Funds
TxCDBG 2019 Fund Allocation Structure


Hearing Information, as found in the Texas Register:

Agency Name:        Texas Department of Agriculture
Date of Meeting:     03/12/2019
Time of Meeting:    11:30 AM (Local Time)
Street Location: Austin Public Library, Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina Street City Location: Austin Meeting State: TX
                                 AGENDA:
                                I. Hearing Called to Order
                                II. Discussion and possible action on the 2019 One Year Action Plan - 
                                Revisions to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Method of Distribution
                                III. Public Comment
                                IV. Adjournment of the Hearing


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! (UPDATED LMISD DATA & REQUIREMENTS)

On Febuary 14, HUD released updated data to document low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas when qualifying future CDBG projects, known as "2015 ACS LMISD" data (LMISD). For many communities, the updated LMISD is significantly different than the data used for the previous five (5) years.  Guidance on conducting income surveys, in lieu of the LMISD data, has also been updated.  The new data requirements become effective April 1, 2019.  TDA will revise and update the Survey Methodology Manual as additional HUD guidance is provided.

As a result of the updated beneficiary documentation, TxCDBG programs will be impacted in the following ways:

2019-2020 Community Development (CD) Fund - no impact; continue using the current guidance to document beneficiaries
Application Deadline: March 13, 2019

2019 Planning and Capacity Building (PCB) Fund - application deadline is revised to be prior to the effective date of the updated LMISD requirements; continue using the current guidance to document beneficiaries.
Revised Application Deadline: March 28, 2019

2019 Fire Ambulance and Service Truck (FAST) Fund - updated beneficiary data will be required.  TDA strongly encourages potential applicants to submit beneficiary data prior to the application for technical assistance and verification.  Please provide a description of the proposed purchase(s), map of the service area for the proposed vehicle/equipment, proposed beneficiary data (may be LMISD or survey), AND a brief narrative description of how the beneficiary data corresponds to the service area to michelle.phares@texasagriculture.gov.

Revised Application Deadline: June 13, 2019

Beneficiary Confirmation: submit no later than May 16, 2019 to ensure a response prior to the application deadline.

Workshops:
March 1, 2019 - NEW! Identifying Beneficiary Data for your FAST Service Area (Webinar)
March 21, 2019 - Application Workshop (Webinar)
April 25, 2019 - Application Workshop (Webinar)
May 7, 2019 - Application Workshop (Webinar)  

Current TxCDBG Contracts and applications previously submitted - no impact unless project changes require revised beneficiary data; any survey conducted or beneficiary change implemented after April 1, MUST use the updated beneficiary data requirements.

Updated LMISD information can be found on HUD's website:
HUD: CDBG Low-and Moderate-Income Data
TDA: LMISD Data (current and updated) and current survey methodology

TxCDBG Program Year 2019 Applications and Guides now available

TDA is pleased to announce the release of the Program Year 2019 applications for multiple fund categories. These applications will be accepted beginning with the start of the TxCDBG program year, February 1, 2019.

2019-2020 Community Development (CD) Fund:
Updated Application Deadline: March 13, 2019
2019-2020 CD Application & Guide

Planning & Capacity Building (PCB) Fund:
Application Deadline: March 28, 2019
2019 PCB Application & Guide

Texas Capital Fund - Infrastructure & Real Estate (TCF-RE/Infra) Program:
Application Deadline: 20th of February, May, August, November
Application Webinar: February 1, 2019. See TxCDBG Training Page for details.
2019 TCF - Infrastructure/Real Estate Application & Guide

Fire, Ambulance & Services Truck (FAST) Fund:
Application Deadline: June 13, 2019 (REVISED)
Application Webinars
2019 FAST Application Guide and Application - DRAFT documents available for information purposes ONLY
Texas Administrative Code rule for FAST Fund - currently open for public comment


TxCDBG Program Year 2019 Grant Administrator Pre-Qualification

TDA is pleased to announce the Application to pre-qualify grant administrators for the 2019 TxCDBG Program Year. This is a two phase procurement process to pre-qualify grant administrators. Administrators that provide grant writing services and/or administration services for the TxCDBG Program are invited to submit applications. Local governments shall solicit proposals from this pool for preparation of an application to the TxCDBG program, and subsequent administration services is a grant is awarded. This streamlined procurement process is for administrative services contracts up to $50,000. Applications to pre-qualify grant administrators must be received by January 15, 2019.

The PY 2019 RFQ release includes:

-  Request for Qualifications: This document provides guidance for administrative firms wishing to provide administrative services during the 2019 Program Year. Please visit the Professional Administrative Services page to view this document.

-  Application for Pre-Qualification Form: This fillable form must be submitted by participating administrative service providers. Please visit the Professional Administrative Services page to view this document.

-  Phase 2 Solicitation Forms: These forms will be available soon, and demonstrate the basic expectations for a community's role during the second phase of this procurement method. No action is required for Phase 2 until TDA releases the PY 2019 Pre-Qualified Administrator List.

Questions and requests for clarification on this RFQ must be submitted in writing to the Point of Contact listed in the RFQ guide no later than December 7, 2018. No verbal inquiries will be addressed.

Note:  In preparation for the 2019-2020 Community Development Fund application cycle, many grant administrators have already been selected using the 2018 Pre-Qualified Administrator List. The 2019 Pre-Qualified Administrator List must be used for any administrative services contracts awarded by the local governing body during the time period of February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.


Audit Certification Forms

All communities with open TxCDBG contracts must submit an Audit Certification Form each year. For communities with fiscal years ending 9/30, the ACF is due November 30. The online ACF can be found HERE

For questions, please contact John Arce at John.Arce@TexasAgriculture.gov


What are Your Community Development Priorities?

Click HERE to complete a short survey about how you would allocate limited TxCDBG resources.


Stakeholder Discussion - TxCDBG Program Year 2018

​Join TxCDBG leaders to review the proposed Method of Distribution for Program Year 2018 and to discuss community needs for the future. Information about current and historical allocations as well as proposed funding will be available at each session

​Wednesday, September 6th, 1:30PM
​Stephen F. Austin Building
​1700 Congress Avenue, Austin TX

​Thursday, September 7th, 1:30PM
​Webinar
The link to the Webinar can be found on the TxCDBG Training Page


TxCDBG Awards and Applications made from 2012-2016

Click HERE for a listing of all award made by TxCDBG from 2012-2016. Awards are ordered by COG, then alphabetically by county and grantee name.An Excel file of the same data can be found HERE.Click HERE for a listing of all applications received by TxCDBG from 2012-2016. Applicants are ordered by COG, then alphabetically by county and applicant name. An Excel file of the same data can be found HERE.A "one-pager" highlighting some of TxCDBG's recent projects may be found HERE


CDBG Listserv Signup

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers HUD's non-entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the State of Texas. In connection with that responsibility, dissemination of information (often time-sensitive) to stakeholders is important. Following are examples of information communicated to stakeholders: Notice of funding rounds, availability of funds, public notices, workshops, and general program information. Subscribe to CDBG by filling out the form located at the following link: 

http://lists.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo/cdbg

You will be sent email requesting confirmation, to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you. This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator.


Fax Number Change:

Please be advised that faxes directed to TxCDBG should be sent to the following number, effective immediately: (888) 216-9867