Fair Housing Month, Proclamation from the Governor
Governor Abbott declares April 2017 to be Fair Housing Month. A copy of the proclamation may be found HERE.
Announcing the TxCDBG Pilot Program for Pre-Qualifying Administrators for the Colonia Fund-Construction Program.
TDA will be conducting a webinar on March 10 at 10 am. See the TxCDBG Training Page on the TDA website for access information on the webinar.
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will seek to prequalify a pool of grant administrators from which local governments may solicit proposals for preparation of a 2017-2018 Colonia Fund-Construction grant application and subsequent administration services if a grant is awarded.
The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) prequalification process will be Phase One of a two-phase process for selection of a grant administrator. TDA will request statements of qualifications (SOQ) from interested individuals and firms to be pre-qualified for grant writing and administrative services to assist communities in proposed projects to be financed with Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Colonia Fund-Construction (CFC) funds. Administrators selected through this RFQ will be eligible to provide services to communities that may choose to participate in the CFC program.
Participation in the Phase Two streamlined request for proposals (RFP) process will be limited to only those administrators that have submitted a SOQ in response to this RFQ and that have been deemed prequalified by TDA.
The 2017 Disaster Relief Application and Guide are now available
The objective of this fund is to provide relief from disaster situations where either the Governor has proclaimed a state disaster declaration, either by proclamation or formal request for state agency assistance, or a federal declaration. Funds are available as needed until funds are depleted during a program year. Applications will be accepted starting March 31, 2017 for disasters no older than those covered by a Governor’s Proclamation or Presidential Declaration dated March 2016.
- Funds are available as needed until funds are depleted during the program year.
- At this time, the earliest that a DR application can be submitted is March 31, 2017.
- Applications submitted prior to March 31 will be considered received March 31, 2017.
NOTEABLE CHANGES: Pre-agreement starting date, environmental review requirements, new tie-breaker and coordination with TDEM.
The Disaster Relief Fund Application and Guide
is available HERE
If you have questions about the Disaster Relief application and selection process after reading the Application Guide, please contact Joe Midura at Joe.Midura@TexasAgriculture.gov
Please join us for the DR webinar on March 9 at 10 a.m. Click HERE for information on the webinar on the TxCDBG Training page.
Announcing the upcoming 2017 Implementation Manual Workshops
Three workshops are planned at the below locations and dates. Registration will be made available at a later date.
Alamo Area Council of Governments
South Plains Assoc. of Governments
North Central Texas Council of Gov
The 2017 Planning and Capacity Building Fund (PCB) Application and Guide is available
The Planning and Capacity Building Fund is a competitive grant program for local public facility and housing planning activities. Localities apply for financial assistance to prepare a “comprehensive plan” or any of its components. Typical activities regard topics such as: Base Mapping, Land Use, Housing, Population, Economic Development and/or Tourism, Central Business District, Street Conditions, Thoroughfares, Parks and Recreation, Water Distribution and Supply, Wastewater Collection and Treatment, Drainage (streets & flood hazard areas), Gas or Electric Systems (if owned by the locality), Community Facilities, Capital Improvements Program, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulation. Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, outlines all the generally eligible activities. Applications are due March 24, 2017.
The application may be found HERE
For questions regarding this application, please contact Joe Midura at Joe.Midura@TexasAgriculture.gov
Pre-Application Procurement Questions and Answers (Q&A)
Since TDA’s recommendation that administration and engineering services need to be procured prior to the application process, TDA has received numerous questions in its regard. Therefore, to assist you, TDA has compiled TDA Pre-Application Procurement Q&A, a series of questions and associated answers, for your convenience.
TDA Pre-Application Procurement Q&A
TDA is pleased to announce the release of the 2017-2018 Community Development Fund application and guidelines.
The Community Development Fund is the largest fund category in the TxCDBG Program. This fund is available on a biennial basis for funding through a competition in each of the 24 state planning regions. The scoring of the applications is shared between the state and the 24 Regional Review Committees (RRC) with the RRC having the predominate percentage of the total possible score.
Although most funds are used for Public Facilities (water/wastewater infrastructure, streets, and drainage improvements), there are numerous other activities for which these funds may be used. Applications are due February 9, 2017.
The application may be found HERE.
For questions regarding this application, please contact Chad Hinds at Chad.Hinds@TexasAgriculture.gov
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:
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