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AUSTIN– Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is currently accepting applications for round two of the GO TEXAN Event Grants, a program that provides funding to GO TEXAN partners that host public events to promote Texas products and businesses. Cities, communities, and organizations are encouraged to apply for GO TEXAN Event Grant funding for events happening from May 1 thru the end of 2021.  Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2021.

Everything in Texas might be bigger- but it’s also better,” Commissioner Miller said. “Texas businesses make the best stuff on earth and our GO TEXAN partners are no exception. These folks dedicate a great deal of time and energy to handcraft and perfect their Texas made products. The GO TEXAN Event Grant awarded over $170,000 in the first round of funding. TDA is proud to support GO TEXAN partners in promoting their products, and in turn help build their business and their communities.”


Round one of TDA’s Texas Event Grant awarded $170,090 to 37 grant recipients.

GO TEXAN Event Grant funded events are listed below:

  • 2021 Chamber Chilifest & Classic Car Show
  • 2021 Texas Spring Family Festival
  • 2021 ZestFest
  • Austin County Fair
  • BTV Club Market Conroe 11.2021
  • BTV Club Market Cypress 10.2021
  • BTV Club Market Kingwood 12.2021
  • BTV Club Market Richmond 11.2021
  • BTV Club Market Waco 11.2021
  • BTV Club Market Woodlands 12.2021
  • Butchermans Backs the Boobs
  • Buy Texas Market
  • Chicken Fried Steak Festival
  • Independence Day Celebration
  • Light a Path 2021
  • Messina Hof Winery 37th annual Wine and Roses Festival 23021
  • Midweek Mercantile and Music Series
  • Moo-La Fest
  • Outlaw Nation Houston Music & Arts Festival -  McKinney
  • Outlaw Nation Houston Music & Arts Festival -  Pearland
  • Outlaw Nation Houston Music & Arts Festival -  SouthFork Ranch
  • Outlaw Nation Houston Music & Arts Festival - Conroe
  • Pasture to Plate Showdown & Shindig
  • Rockport-Fulton Seafair
  • Rusk Fair on the Square
  • Sealybration
  • Shrimp Cook-Off and Seafood Festival
  • Smithville Wingfest & Chili Cook-A-Roo
  • Tarrant County Jr. Livestock Show and Youth Fair
  • Taste of Abilene: Food Art Beverage Music Gala
  • Texas Blueberry Festival
  • Texas Country Reporter Festival
  • Texas Pumpkin Fest
  • Tri-State Fair & Rodeo
  • Twice as Fine as Texarkana Wine
  • Wild and Free on HWY 83
  • Wine Walk


"Candlelight is so grateful to be the recipient of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Event Grant Program this year,” said Tara Gray, Development Director at Candlelight Ranch. “Our largest annual fundraiser, Light A Path, is slated for October 24th and this year we are holding a COVID friendly event. We anticipate 250 guests, and we will have GO TEXAN partners attend as well. The GO TEXAN Event Grant will allow us to grow and enhance programming at the Ranch and is instrumental in helping us raise needed funds to continue our mission and improve the lives of worthy children and families. Thank you so much for supporting us during our Light a Path annual event!"

Candlelight Ranch provides educational and nature-based experiences for families and children of all abilities and needs to learn, explore, and heal. Programs at Candlelight Ranch have proven to increase overall confidence and feelings of self-worth.

The maximum reimbursable award amount will be up to $5,000 in approved, event-related expenses from TDA’s GO TEXAN marketing program, pending funding allocations. Activities like conferences, fairs, tradeshows, and festivals are all encouraged to apply.  Event funds can be used to assist with advertising costs, create additional collateral and increase attendance. By partnering with these events through grants, TDA aims to increase awareness for both the GO TEXAN Program and GO TEXAN partners.

Since it’s creation in 1999, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program has been dedicated to identifying and supporting Texas-based businesses and connecting them with customers across the Lone Star State and around the world.  The GO TEXAN program is dedicated to showcasing the diversity and quality of Texas-based businesses. Whether we are developing new sales and business opportunities for GO TEXAN Partners or encouraging consumers to look for the iconic GO TEXAN mark when making buying decisions, we will always strive to find new and meaningful ways to promote products and services that are Texas made and Texas proud. For more information on TDA’s GO TEXAN Event Grant funding, please click here.

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