Fire, Ambulance and Services Truck (FAST) Fund

Fund Name:

Fire, Ambulance and Service Truck Fund




The Fire, Ambulance, & Service Truck (FAST) Fund provides funds for eligible vehicles to provide emergency response and special services to rural communities.

Application Deadline: June 13, 2019 

FAST 2019 Application Guide
FAST 2019 Application
FAST 2019 FAQs

FAST Fund At-A-Glance

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are non-entitlement 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). Non-entitlement 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).

Non-entitlement 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. Non-entitlement counties are also predominately rural in nature and are counties that generally have fewer than 200,000 persons in the non-entitlement cities and unincorporated areas located in the county.

Award Amounts:

Application Minimum:
Single Jurisdiction: $50,000
Multi-jurisdiction: $50,000

Application Maximum:
Single Jurisdiction: $500,000
Multi-jurisdiction: $500,000

Evaluation & Selection:

Selection procedures: Applications will be evaluated by the department based on selection criteria which focus on the following factors (detailed application and scoring information is available in the DRAFT application guidelines):

1. Poverty Rate
2. Previous Funding
3. Past Performance


- On February 14, 2019, HUD released updated data to document low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas when qualifying future CDBG projects, known as "2015 ACS LMISD" data. 
- For many communities, the LMISD data is significantly different than the data used in the previous 5 years.
- This updated beneficiary data will be required for FAST applications.

Additional Resources:
Sample Resolution - Multi-jurisdictional - Lead Applicant
Sample Resolution - Multi-jurisdictional - Co-applicant 
List of Previous Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) Awards 
Application Webinar Schedule
Webinar Slides (March 1, 2019) : Identifying Beneficiary Data for Your FAST Service Area 
Webinar Slides (March 21, 2019): 2019 Fire Ambulance and Service Truck (FAST) Fund
Webinar Slides (April 25, 2019): FAST Common Questions
Useful Links & Resources
Beneficiary Documentation web page (See 2019 LMISD)

For further information about the FAST Program, please contact Michelle Phares by email at Michelle.Phares@TexasAgriculture.gov or by calling 512-936-6702.