Community Development - Non-Entitlement Communities
The LRGVDC is awarded funding from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for the purpose of providing administrative support staffing to the Regional Review Committee and/or related administrative assistance to the Department, and technical assistance to Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Program. Eligible applicants are non-entitlement 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). Lower Rio Grande Valley non-entitlement communities.
The primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low-to moderate-income. Eligible applicants are non-entitlement cities under 50,000 in population and non-entitlement counties that have a non-metropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct CDBG funding from HUD may apply for funding through any of the Texas CDBG programs. Visit TDA's Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Program for Rural Texas, by clicking here.
Community Development Fund (CD) - Non-Entitlement Communities
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. Funds are allocated to each state planning region to ensure a broad geographic distribution of funds as described in the One Year Action Plan. Visit webpage, Community Development Fund (CD)
Community grant awards range from $275,000 - $800,000. Most funds are used for Public Facilities (water/wastewater infrastructure, street and drainage improvements and housing activities), there are numerous other activities for which these funds may be used. See LRGVDC's approved Regional Priorities Scoring & Categories, where applications receive priority based upon the type of work.
The Community Development Fund is the largest fund category in the TxCDBG Program. This fund is available through a competition in each of the 24 state planning regions. Although most funds are used for Public Facilities (water/wastewater infrastructure, street and drainage improvements and housing activities), there are numerous other activities for which these funds may be used. Click link to view the Lower Rio Grande Valley regional project priorities 2023-2024 Community Development Fund Regional Project Priority Scoring
Community Development Fund (2023-2024) Application Deadline is April 3, 2023: Spring 2023 Max Award: $500,000. Community Development Fund Application & Guide (texasagriculture.gov).
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for Rural Texas - Other than CD Fund
The Texas Department of Agriculture offers 6 additional funds to offer to non-entitlement communities. A comprehensive list with their respective details are listed at TDA Grant Listing on the right column.
- Colonia Funds - Assistance for planning or installation of water, wastewater or housing rehabilitation.
- State Urgent Need Fund - Addresses emergency situations where infrastructure was damaged by natural disasters or preparation for drought.
- Planning and Capacity Building Fund - Localities apply for financial assistance to prepare a plan for public facilities and housing planning.
- Fire, Ambulance and Service Truck (FAST) Fund - Provides funds for eligible vehicles to provide emergency response and special services to LMI rural communities.
- Texas Capital Fund - Supports rural business development, retention, and expansion.
- Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Programs - Provides infrastructure improvements to address the conditions that contribute to deteriorating conditions.