Community Enhancement Fund (CE)

2018 CEF Cycle

TDA received 27 Letters of Interest for consideration in the 2018 application process, totaling over $10 million dollars in requests. Follow-up questions have been sent to many applicants for clarifications and additional information. 

Fund Name:

Community Enhancement Fund

Fund Acronym:



This new funding opportunity will assist communities in achieving the goals of the TxCDBG program by developing enhancements that address any of the following needs:
1) Public Health*;
2) Community Centers;
3) Workforce Development/Education;
4) Public Safety; and/or
5) Renewable Energy (as part of a public facility).

* Public Health enhancements are the highest priority for the 2018 funding cycle.

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.

Award Amounts

Application Minimum/Maximum



TDA has updated the 2018 CEF application deadline: 5:00 p.m. (CST) October 15, 2018

Application Guide and Informational Sheet:

CEF Webinar Handout (originally presented 2/15/18)
Supplemental CEF Beneficiary Guidance