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Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Programs

Fund Names:

Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Funds

Fund Acronyms:

DRP/MS

Descriptions:

Address the objective of eliminating slum or blight conditions in the downtown area of the community by the following objectives. The assistance must be for public infrastructure improvements, which will aid in the elimination of a slum or blighted area.

NOTE:

TDA is pleased to announce the Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators for the 2017 DRP-MS cycle. This modification to the procurement process is intended to simplify the steps fo​r local communities, and to establish the grant team early in the process. Applications to Prequalify Grant Administrators must be received by June 15, 2017, in order to be eligible to administer a 2017 DRP-MS grant.


* Request for Qualifications. This document provides guidance for administrative firms wishing to provide administrative services for the DRP-MS grant cycle. Click HERE for this document.

* Phase 2 DRP/MS solicitation forms will be available soon.  These forms demonstrate the basic expectations for a community's role during the second phase of this procurement method. No action is necessary for Phase Two until TDA releases the DRP/MS Prequalified List.

Addendum 1 Questions and Answers from Applicants. Click HERE for this document.

All 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.

Eligible Downtown Revitalization Applicants

Eligible applicants must be an incorporated municipality and not be designated as an official Texas Historical Commission Main Street City. To determine eligibility of a particular city, contact TDA. The city is responsible for the administration and success of the project throughout the term of the contract.

All proposed infrastructure improvements to be funded by the TxCDBG Program must be located on public property within the designated downtown district. Typically, a downtown district will meet 2 or more of the following:

1) The city’s historic area of commerce
2) May be the area around the courthouse or city square;
3) Commercial area for the community
4) Buildings of historical significance, but not primarily residential
5) Must be areas included in or contiguous to the economic center of the community; and
6) The retail area for the community that does not include single-family dwellings.

Eligible Main Street Revitalization Applicants

Eligible applicants must be an incorporated municipality with a designation as an official Texas Historical Commission Main Street City prior to applying to TxCDBG and must remain a participating city for the duration of the award/contract. To determine eligibility of a particular city, contact TDA. The city is responsible for the administration and success of the project throughout the term of the contract.

All proposed infrastructure improvements to be funded by the TxCDBG Program must be located on public property within the designated Main Street area.

2016 Award Amounts

Application Minimum/Maximum
$50,000/$250,000

Evaluation and 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 application guidelines):
1) Community Need
2) Project Design
3) Broad-Based Support

Application and Application Guide

2016 DRP/MS Application
2016 DRP/MS Application Guide

For further information about the Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Programs, please contact Aubrey-Ann Gilmore by email at Aubrey-Ann.Gilmore@TexasAgriculture.gov or by calling (512) 936-7894.