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TxCDBG Program Guidance and Applications - Social Distancing

​TxCDBG guidance that has been modified for social distancing has been collected HERE. This document will serve as an FAQ, and we will add topics as needed.

A fundamental component of the Texas CDBG program is the benefit to low- and moderate-income persons. For many communities, this means conducting a door-to-door survey of residents in a project area to document eligibility for grant funding. In this season of "social distancing", it is unknown when this work can safely be completed. As a result, TDA announces the following: - Grant application deadlines for 4 funding programs will be September 1, 2020. These funding programs are:

- Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Programs;

- Fire, Ambulance, and Service Truck (FAST) Fund;

- Planning & Capacity Building (PCB) Fund; and

- Colonia Fund - Construction, Secondary Round

- Grant applications for the final round of Texas Capital Fund - Real Estate & Infrastructure (RE/Infra) Program will continue to be due to TDA no later than May 1, 2020.

- HUD has released new income limits to be used by all TxCDBG grant programs listed above https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html

- TxCDBG staff will update the traditional Household Income Survey Questionnaires to reflect the 2020 income limits and post the forms to the TDA website. In addition, TDA is evaluating alternate survey methodologies that will not require in-person contact.

- We encourage communities to continue to evaluate community needs and work towards completing the grant applications that have been postponed. In particular, procuring/designating a grant writer and holding a virtual public hearing to assess community needs can be completed without gathering in person.

TxCDBG Unified Scoring Committee (USC) - Organizational Conference Call

On March 16, 2020, Governor Abbott issued a Declaration of Disaster in Texas. As part of that Declaration the Governor also suspended certain provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Committee meetings will be held by telephone (video) conference until further notice. The date and time of the meeting will be provided below. Members of the public will be entitled to participate and address the Committee during the meeting by accessing the meeting remotely by calling the toll-free number and entering the Conference ID provided in this notice. Additionally, access to a recording of the meeting will be made available to the public by sending an email request to CDBGReporting@TexasAgriculture.gov,

Agency Name: Texas Department of Agriculture
Subject of Meeting: TxCDBG Unified Scoring Committee Organizational Conference Call
Date of Meeting: 5/6/2020
Time of Meeting: 2:00 PM (Central Time)

Dial-in: 866-487-5722
Conference ID: 6761238076

AGENDA: 
I. Meeting Called to Order
II. Introduction of TxCDBG Unified Scoring Committee Members
III. Discussion of preferred meeting dates, including potential telephonic and/or video conference meetings
III. Adjournment of the Meeting



TxCDBG Citizen Participation and Public Health

Governor Abbott and HUD have provided guidance on conducting virtual public meetings during this time when public gatherings are discouraged.  Communities opting to hold telephone or web-based public hearings must ensure that:
  • Members of the public will be entitled to participate and address the governmental body during any telephonic or videoconference meeting.
  • The governmental body must post a written notice that gives the public a way to participate remotely, such as a toll-free dial-in number, and that includes an electronic copy of any agenda packet that officials will consider at the meeting.
  • The governmental body must ensure that the public can ask questions and receive answers to all attendees in real time.
  • The governmental body must ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency.
  • A governmental body must provide the public with access to a recording of any telephonic or videoconference meeting.    
Click here for a copy of the Governor's Proclamation.

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?

The Plans:

Consolidated Plan: This five-year plan outlines the overall needs of Texas residents, as well as the goals of four HUD funded programs in meeting those needs.  The plan, produced by TDHCA in the format required by HUD, focuses on housing and poverty related issues.

Action Plan: This one-year plan assigns specific resources to address the goals established in the Consolidated Plan.  The Action Plan includes the "Method of Distribution" - a chart of each program or fund category with eligibility information, maximum and minimum grant amounts, and overall funding assigned to each program.  The Action Plan is generally produced and released in draft form with percentages used in place of funding amounts - once the State is notified of the total funds available, the document is updated with specific dollar amounts for each fund or program. 

Public Participation: Public hearings and consultations are required for each plan type.  TDA uses a combination of formal public hearings and less formal meetings and webinars to reach stakeholders in different ways.

The Process:

   Time frame Documents / Plan 
Stakeholder Roundtables and other informal discussions   Summer 2019 Summary of Summer 2019 Stakeholder Session Feedback
Next Steps - Specific Funds    
State Urgent Need Fund Public comment: November 2019 - January 2020

2019 Action Plan Amendment
Texas Administrative Code Revisions

Economic Development Informal discussions: November 2019 - February 2020 Continued informal discussions - see Calendar
Community Development Fund, Unified Scoring Public Comment: December 27, 2019 - February 3, 2020
Public Hearings: Proposed Rule for Community Development Fund's Unified Scoring Committee
In-Person:

January 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Austin Public Library 1161 Angelina St., Austin Texas 78702
Webinar:
January 27, 2020 at 10:30 am
PARTICIPANTS MUST DIAL IN FOR AUDIO
Dial-in: 866-487-5722
Conference ID: 6761238076
Click HERE to join webinar
Texas Administrative Code Revisions
Consolidated Plan (2020 - 2024), including 2020 Action Pla    
Formal Public Comment March 2020 - April 2020 TDHCA Board Agenda, Public Hearing Schedule
Adoption and submission to HUD May 2020 TDHCA Board Agenda
Plan Effective September 2020  

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

Resources for Current Public Comment Opportunity:

Summary: Community Development Fund, Unified Scoring Committee

Texas Administrative Code Revisions

Resources Available for Summer Stakeholder Roundtable Discussions:


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


2020 RFQ & Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators - Now Available!

TDA is pleased to announce the Application to pre-qualify grant administrators in 2020. 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 a subsequent administration services is grant is awarded. This streamlined procurement process is for administrative services contracts up to $50,000. 

Request for Qualifications Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators

Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators


NEW!!!


TDA's response to written inquiries regarding the 2020 RFQ and 2020 RFQ Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators can be found HERE.


2020 RFQ & Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers - Now Available!

TDA is pleased to announce that a new process has been developed to prequalify planning services providers for TxCDBG planning-related programs in 2020.  This is a two phase procurement process to pre-qualify planning services providers. Individuals or firms that provide planning 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 a subsequent planning services is grant is awarded. This streamlined procurement process is for planning services contracts up to $50,000.

Request for Qualifications Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers

Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers

NEW!!!

TDA's response to written inquiries regarding the 2020 RFQ and 2020 RFQ Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers can be found HERE.


Texas Capital Fund (TCF) Program Redesign: Feedback Requested

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is currently seeking written feedback/comments on the potential redesign of the Texas Capital Fund (TCF) program. For more information on the potential program redesign, see the working summary, HERE.

All written feedback/comments regarding the potential TCF redesign should be submitted to Suzanne Barnard, CDBG Director, at Suzanne.Barnard@TexasAgriculture.gov, no later than December 31, 2019.

TxCDBG Texas Capital Fund: Program Update

TDA is evaluating the current TCF program requirements based on stakeholder feedback, recent interest in rural economic development projects, and the constrains and opportunities of the CDBG program. The last published application cycle has been extended to Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

At this time, TDA is not announcing future dates for TCF RE/Infra application cycles. Program revisions and future application dates will be made available Spring 2020. We appreciate your patience as we work to ensure TxCDBG funds are available to meet the current economic development needs of rural Texas communities.Your ideas and concerns about community economic development are welcome and may be sent to Aubrey-Ann Gilmore at Aubrey-Ann.Gilmore@TexasAgriculture.gov. Additionally, there are a couple of opportunities for stakeholder to provide valuable input as TDA improves the TCF RE/Infra program:

TxCDBG Stakeholder Roundtable Discussions - Economic Development

Monday, December 9, 2019
(immediately following Action Plan Public Hearing, which begins at 10:15AM
909 W 45th Street, Austin, Texas Room 164
Texas Capital Fund - Stakeholder Input Session (webinar/teleconference)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00AM

TxCDBG Training Page lists additional details


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! (UPDATED LMISD DATA & REQUIREMENTS)

On February 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.


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.


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