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CDBG Announcements

TxCDBG 5-Year Plan (HUD Consolidated Plan Process)

TDA is currently in the process of reviewing the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program and planning for the next five years – are the current programs meeting the needs of rural Texas? How would we like to see the funds used in the next five years?

Specific topics to consider:

- Community Development: An update to the previous Regional Review Committee structure has become necessary.  A revised structure will be created - a statewide process that retains the regional funding formula and regional priorities.

- Disaster Impact Task Force: The Commissioner of Agriculture appointed a task force of stakeholders from across the state to provide recommendations on the best ways that TxCDBG funding can assist disaster-impacted communities.  Feedback from stakeholders beyond this task force is welcome

- Community Planning: TDA is seeking best practices for supporting planning efforts in rural communities.

- Economic Development: TDA is open to discussion regarding support for economic development in rural Texas:

- Main Street / Downtown Revitalization Program: Are the recent updates to the maximum grant amount and project priority scoring appropriate/adequate?

- Job Creation: What specific updates would make the Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure/Real Estate better meet the needs of rural Texas?

- Other: Stakeholder feedback and recommendations are welcome on any other current or potential fund categories of TxCDBG program.

For opportunities to discuss the program in-person, see the TxCDBG Training Page.


Resources:
State of Texas 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan Consultation
Disaster Relief Fund Program Revision - Proposal for Discussion
Planning & Capacity Building Fund Program Revision - Proposal for Discussion
Community Development Fund Criteria Committee FAQ
Consolidated Plan Overview for Stakeholders


2019 DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION & MAIN STREET (DRP/MS) APPLICATION AND GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

TDA is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Downtown Revitalization & Main Street (DRP/MS) application and guide. The Downtown Revitalization and Main Street programs are designed to foster and stimulated economic development in the downtown and Main Street areas by providing funds for public infrastructure improvements. Awarded projects must meet the CDBG National Program Objective of aiding in the elimination of designated slum or blight conditions in the downtown area.

2019 DRP/MS Application Deadline: October 1, 2019 
Award Amount: $50,000 to $350,000
Application Webinars:
July 19, 2019 at 1PM
August 9, 2019 at 10AM
September 6, 2019 at 2PM

See TxCDBG Training Page for details

TxCDBG memo to revise 2019 One Year Action Plan (OYAP) regarding DRP/MS award amount increase


TxCDBG PILOT PROGRAM AVAILABLE

The Texas Capital Fund - Economic Development Planning (EDP) is a pilot program to provide eligible communities with financial assistance to prepare a strategic plan, redevelopment plan, or similar plan for economic development opportunities in the community. If the pilot program is successful, additional funding may be made available to implement CDBG-eligible economic development projects identified in the plan. Potential economic development projects include, but are not limited to, projects that create and retain businesses owned by community members, address slum and blight conditions, and create LMI jobs.

A TCF-EDP project must develop a strategic plan that provides the grant recipient with a detailed assessment of current and long-term community needs, proposes business recruitment and expansion strategies, and identifies potential projects to support sustainable economic growth.

Funding Available 

Award Amount: Up to $30,000
Awarded on a first-come first-served basis (TDA estimates 3 grants to be awarded)
Planning contract length: 1 year, starting September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020
Click HERE for TCF-EDP pilot program information sheet

Application Process  
Pre-applications shall be received, reviewed, and funded on a first-come first-served basis. Performance on previous TxCDBG grans and feasibility shall be considered prior to approval of award.

Complete pre-applications must be received by TDA no later than July 1, 2019 at 5:00PM CT.
Click HERE to navigate to TCF-EDP online pre-application

Competitive procurement (outlined in Chapter 5 of the TxCDBG Implementation Manual) will be required to select a vendor for planning services. Procurement should be complete prior to beginning any planning activities.


2019-2020 COLONIA FUND APPLICATION AND GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

TDA is pleased to announce the release of the 2019-2020 Colonia Fund Construction (CFC) and Colonia Fund Planning (CFP) applications. Colonia Funds are available to eligible county applicants for projects in severely distressed unincorporated areas that meet the definition of "colonia". The term colonia means any identifiable unincorporated community within 150 miles of the Texas/Mexico border (excluding metropolitan statistical areas with a population exceeding one million); that is determined to be a colonia on the basis of objective criteria including lack of potable water, lack of adequate sewage system, and lack of decent, safe and sanitary housing; and was in existence prior to November 1990.

2019-2020 CFC & CFP Application Deadline: September 13, 2019
Application Webinar: July 10, 2019 at 1PM.
See the TxCDBG Training Page for details.


MEETING OF THE TDA DISASTER IMPACT TASK FORCE

TxCDBG is beginning its five year planning process to evaluate the needs of rural Texas and consider programs to prioritize and meet those needs.  The Commissioner of Agriculture has appointed a task force to specifically consider the Disaster Relief Fund.

 The current Disaster Relief program provides funding for communities for the repair or replacement of damaged infrastructure and housing based on damage estimates from partner agencies, claiming the urgent need national objective within the one year of the disaster declaration. The existing DR program has served rural Texas well for many years, but the program design does not appear to meet the current needs of our communities.

No decisions are anticipated to be made during the meeting, but the discussion will inform programs planned for the next 5-year planning cycle (2020-2024).

June 20, 2019
1:00 pm
Austin Public Library, Carver Branch
1161 Angelina Street
Austin, Texas

 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: 8:30am - 9:30am
Implementation Workshop: 9:30am - 4:00pm            

August 7, 2019
TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable: 8:30am - 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: 8:00am - 4:00pm

August 14, 2019
TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable: 8:30am - 9:30am
Implementation Workshop: 9:30am - 4:00pm

September 5, 2019 (WEBINAR)
TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable: 8:30am - 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.


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