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CDBG Announcements

HUD Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER) Available

The Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER) teaches grantees how to understand and address all aspects of the environmental review process required for all HUD-assisted projects. Additional information may be found HERE.

2018 TxCDBG Program Year Grant Administrator Prequalification

TDA is pleased to announce the Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators for the 2018 Program Year. This modification to the procurement process is intended to simplify the steps for local communities, and to establish the grant team early in the process. Applications to Prequalify Grant Administrators must be received by January 15, 2018, in order to be eligible to administer grant(s) in the 2018 Program Year.

The RFQ release includes:

-     - Request for Qualifications. This document provides guidance for administrative firms wishing to provide administrative services for the 2018 grant cycle. Click HERE for this document

-     - Application for Pre-qualification form. This form must be submitted by participating administrative service providers. Click HERE for this document

-     - Phase 2 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 PY 2018 Prequalified List.

 Note: Vendors that submitted an Application for Prequalification for CFC and/or DRP-MS grant program(s) must apply separately to prequalify for the 2018 Program Year.

Addendum 2 Questions and Answers from Applicants
Click HERE for this document


Audit Certification Forms

All communities with open TxCDBG contracts must submit an Audit Certification Form each year. For communities with fiscal years ending 9/30, the ACF is due November 30. The online ACF can be found HERE

For questions, please contact Pam Wozniak at Pamela.Wozniak@TexasAgriculture.gov


2017 CD Contracts

The award notices and contracts for the 2017 Community Development Fund have been released!

Contracts were sent via email. Please remember to print (one sided, please) and return one signed copy of the TDA contract within thirty (30) days to the address below for the Department's signature. Once the contract is executed by TDA, we will forward a fully executed copy to you. If the name of the authorized person signing this contract is different from the name typed on the signature page, please email Lora.Lewis@TexasAgriculture.gov for a new signature page.

Attn: CDBG Program
Texas Department of Agriculture
PO Box 12847, 11th Floor
Austin, Texas 78711



What are Your Community Development Priorities?

Click HERE to complete a short survey about how you would allocate limited TxCDBG resources.


Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council

The Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council will meet later this week.  The Advisory Council will discuss its findings for the year regarding rural policy.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 1:00 p.m. 1700 Congress Avenue, 11th Floor, Austin, TX


New TxCDBG staff

Please join me in welcoming our newest Contract Specialists, Liz Bainter and Catrina Pulido!  These are familiar names, as both previously served as Contract Technicians.  The website has been updated accordingly: please select the “Contract Assignments” link:
Updated Contract Assignments


Stakeholder Discussion - TxCDBG Program Year 2018

​Join TxCDBG leaders to review the proposed Method of Distribution for Program Year 2018 and to discuss community needs for the future. Information about current and historical allocations as well as proposed funding will be available at each session

​Wednesday, September 6th, 1:30PM
​Stephen F. Austin Building
​1700 Congress Avenue, Austin TX

​Thursday, September 7th, 1:30PM
​Webinar
The link to the Webinar can be found on the TxCDBG Training Page


The 2017 Downtown Revitalization & Main Street (DRP/MS) Fund Application and Guide are now available 
The Downtown Revitalization and Main Street Fund is an annual competitive program with the objective of eliminating slum or blight conditions in the downtown area of the community through public infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalks, lighting, parking, and activities to eliminate architectural barriers for the disabled. Main Street applicants must be a non-entitlement incorporated municipality with a designation as an official Texas Historical Commission (THC) Main Street City prior to applying, and must remain a participating city for the duration of the award/contract. If not a designated Main Street City, then a non-entitlement incorporated municipality must apply for Downtown Revitalization.

The application deadline is October 16, 2017
. Application workshops will also be held in conjunction with the 2017 TxCDBG Implementation Workshop in Lubbock on July 27 and Arlington on August 17. Both workshops are at 3PM. The address and agenda can also be found on the TxCDBG Training page. DRP/MS Application Workshop training by a current city official/employee is a scoring criteria for both programs, so please plan accordingly.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is piloting a two-phase process to pre-approve a pool of grant administrators. Local governments may solicit proposals from this pool for preparation of an application to the Downtown Revitalization & Main Street Fund program, and subsequent administration services if a grant is awarded.

-  Phase One has been completed. TDA requested pre-qualification applications from interested individuals and firms to be pre-approved for grant writing and administrative services to assist communities in proposed project to be financed with certain categories of TxCDBG funding. Administrators approved through this RFQ process will be eligible to provide services to communities receiving grant funds.

-  Phase Two is the final grant administrator selection process by the local government. Participation in the Phase Two streamlined request for proposals (RFP) process will be limited to only those administrators that have submitted a complete application in response to Phase One and that have been approved by TDA. For the list of pre-approved vendors for Administrative Services for Downtown Revitalization & Main Street (DRP/MS) Fund, click HERE.

-  Instructions for communities to complete Phase Two may be found HERE

-  Only after formal award of the administrative services contract may the Grant Administrator be involved in preparing the DRP/MS grant application

If you have questions about the DRP/MS application contact Aubrey-Ann Gilmore at Aubrey-Ann.Gilmore@TexasAgriculture.gov or Phase Two of the RFQ, please contact Erica Garza at Erica.Garza@TexasAgriculture.gov


HUD Announces Preliminary TxCDBG Allocation

The preliminary TxCDBG allocation was recently announced. Below are the preliminary 2017-18 Community Development Fund regional allocations.

Region 2017 Total
AACOG $2,200,528
ATCOG $1,552,426
BVCOG $1,070,061
CAPCOG $1,735,983
CBCOG $1,654,363
CTCOG $1,182,681
CVCOG $629,976
DETCOG $2,245,378
ETCOG $2,975,029
GCRPC $983,505
HGAC $2,825,228
HOTCOG $1,399,159
LRGVDC $1,571,052
MRGVDC $1,424,255
NCTCOG $4,696,995
NORTEX $995,147
PBRPC $931,092
PRPC $1,407,317
RGCOG $1,251,046
SETRPC $1,066,489
SPAG $1,149,661
STDC $1,217,126
TEXOMA $864,269
WCTCOG $1,578,404
$38,607,171

*All dollar amounts are subject to change.


The 2017-2018 Colonia Fund Application and Guide is now available for Construction (CFC) and Planning (CFP)

The Colonia Fund is a competitive grant program for eligible counties within 150 miles of the Texas-Mexico border for community development projects. The term “colonia” means any identifiable unincorporated community that is within 150 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico, except that the term does not include any standard metropolitan statistical area that has a population exceeding 1,000,000; and that is determined to be a colonia on the basis of objective criteria, including lack of potable water supply, lack of adequate sewage systems, and lack of decent, safe, and sanitary housing; and was in existence as a colonia before the date of the enactment of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (November 28, 1990).  These funds are available on a biennial basis. 

The application deadline is September 18, 2017.  An application webinar will be held on June 21 at 10 am.  The link to the webinar can be found on the TxCDBG Training page.

An application workshop will also be held on July 13 in conjunction with the 2017 TxCDBG Implementation Workshop in San Antonio at 3 pm.  The address and agenda can also be found on the TxCDBG Training page.

As a reminder, for the Colonia Fund Construction (CFC) Program, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is piloting a two-phase process to preapprove a pool of grant administrators. Local governments may solicit proposals from this pool for preparation of an application to the Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) program, and subsequent administration services if a grant is awarded.

- Phase One has been completed.  TDA requested prequalification applications from interested individuals and firms to be preapproved for grant writing and administrative services to assist communities in proposed projects to be financed with certain categories of TxCDBG funding. Administrators approved through this RFQ process will be eligible to provide services to communities receiving grant funds.

- Phase Two is the final grant administrator selection process by the local government and hopefully communities have already started this process. Participation in the Phase Two streamlined request for proposals (RFP) process will be limited to only those administrators that have submitted a complete application in response to Phase One and that have been approved by TDA. For the list of pre-approved vendors for Administrative Services for Colonia Fund: Construction ​(CFC) ​click HERE

- Instructions for Communities to complete Phase 2 may be found HERE

- Only after formal award of the administrative services contract may the Grant Administrator be involved in preparing the CFC grant application.

If you have questions about the CFC application or Phase Two of the RFQ, please contact Erica Garza at Erica.Garza@TexasAgiculture.gov or Joe Midura at Joe.Midura@TexasAgriculture.gov for Colonia Planning.


HUD Public Comment Notice

In accordance with Executive Orders 13771, HUD is reviewing its existing regulations to assess their compliance costs and reduce regulatory burden.  As part of this review, HUD invites public comments to assist in identifying existing regulations that may be outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome. HUD's goal in conducting the review is to make the Department's regulations more effective and less burdensome in achieving HUD's mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities, and quality affordable homes for all.

Click HERE for more information


2017 Downtown Revitalization & Main Street Program Grant Administrator Prequalification

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 for 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.

The DRP/MS RFQ release includes:

- 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.

- Application for Pre-qualification form. This fillable form must be submitted by participating administrative service providers. 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.

 Note: Vendors that submitted an Application for Prequalification for the Colonia Fund: Construction grant program must apply separately to prequalify for the 2017 DRP-MS program.

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


2017-18 Colonia Fund: Construction Grant Administrator Prequalification

TDA is pleased to announce the Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators for the 2017-2018 CFC cycle. This modification to the procurement process is intended to simplify the steps for local communities, and to establish the grant team early in the process. Applications to Prequalify Grant Administrators must be received by May 1, 2017, in order to be eligible to administer a 2017-18 CFC grant. 

The pilot release includes:

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

* Application for Pre-qualification form. This fillable form must be submitted by participating administrative service providers. Click HERE for this document.

* DRAFT Phase 2 solicitation forms.  These draft 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 Prequalified List and final forms. Click HERE for this document.

* Pilot at a glance. This one page summary of the pilot may answer initial questions about the overall process. Click HERE for this document.Addendum 1 Questions and Answers from Applicants. Click HERE for this document. 


TxCDBG Awards and Applications made from 2012-2016

Click HERE for a listing of all award made by TxCDBG from 2012-2016. Awards are ordered by COG, then alphabetically by county and grantee name.An Excel file of the same data can be found HERE.Click HERE for a listing of all applications received by TxCDBG from 2012-2016. Applicants are ordered by COG, then alphabetically by county and applicant name. An Excel file of the same data can be found HERE.A "one-pager" highlighting some of TxCDBG's recent projects may be found HERE


Fair Housing Month, Proclamation from the Governor

Governor Abbott declares April 2017 to be Fair Housing Month. A copy of the proclamation may be found HERE.


Announcing the TxCDBG Pilot Program for Pre-Qualifying Administrators for the Colonia Fund-Construction Program.

TDA will be conducting a webinar on March 10 at 10 am. See the TxCDBG Training Page on the TDA website for access information on the webinar.  The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will seek to prequalify a pool of grant administrators from which local governments may solicit proposals for preparation of a 2017-2018 Colonia Fund-Construction grant application and subsequent administration services if a grant is awarded.The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) prequalification process will be Phase One of a two-phase process for selection of a grant administrator. TDA will request statements of qualifications (SOQ) from interested individuals and firms to be pre-qualified for grant writing and administrative services to assist communities in proposed projects to be financed with Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Colonia Fund-Construction (CFC) funds. Administrators selected through this RFQ will be eligible to provide services to communities that may choose to participate in the CFC program.Participation in the Phase Two streamlined request for proposals (RFP) process will be limited to only those administrators that have submitted a SOQ in response to this RFQ and that have been deemed prequalified by TDA.


Pre-Application Procurement Questions and Answers (Q&A)

Since TDA’s recommendation that administration and engineering services need to be procured prior to the application process, TDA has received numerous questions in its regard. Therefore, to assist you, TDA has compiled TDA Pre-Application Procurement Q&A, a series of questions and associated answers, for your convenience.TDA Pre-Application Procurement Q&A

CDBG Listserv Signup

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers HUD's non-entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the State of Texas. In connection with that responsibility, dissemination of information (often time-sensitive) to stakeholders is important. Following are examples of information communicated to stakeholders: Notice of funding rounds, availability of funds, public notices, workshops, and general program information. Subscribe to CDBG by filling out the form located at the following link: 

http://lists.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo/cdbg

You will be sent email requesting confirmation, to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you. This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator.


Fax Number Change:

Please be advised that faxes directed to TxCDBG should be sent to the following number, effective immediately: (888) 216-9867