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Community Enhancement Fund (CE)

Fund Name:

Community Enhancement Fund

Fund Acronym:

CE

Description:

This new funding opportunity will assist communities in achieving the goals of the TxCDBG program by developing enhancements that address any of the following needs:



1) Public Health;

2) Community Centers;

3) Workforce Development/Education;

4) Public Safety; and/or

5) Renewable Energy (as part of a public facility).

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.

Award Amounts

Application Minimum/Maximum

$50,000/$500,000

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) the community's LMI percentage;

2) partnerships;

3) multi-purpose facility or public safety equipment;

4) sustainability; and

5) leverage/grant match.

Application and Guide: