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Planning and Capacity Building Fund (PCB)

Fund Name:

Planning and Capacity Building Fund

Fund Acronym:

PCB

Description:

The Planning and Capacity Building Fund is a competitive grant program for local public facility and housing planning activities. Localities apply for financial assistance to prepare a “comprehensive plan” or any of its components. Typical activities regard topics such as: Base Mapping, Land Use, Housing, Population, Economic Development and/or Tourism, Central Business District, Street Conditions, Thoroughfares, Parks and Recreation, Water Distribution and Supply, Wastewater Collection and Treatment, Drainage (streets & flood hazard areas), Gas or Electric Systems (if owned by the locality), Community Facilities, Capital Improvements Program, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulation. Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, outlines all the generally eligible activities. 

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible non-entitlement cities and counties with a need for comprehensive or targeted planning. 

Eligible Activities:

Address needed local planning elements;
Assess local needs;
Build or improve local capacity; or
Develop strategies to address local needs.
Planning process should result in an improved local capacity to identify long and short term needs and to develop implementable strategies to address the identified community needs.
Emphasis is placed on public works and housing assistance planning. 

Award Amounts

Awards are made on an annual basis through a statewide competition.
Maximum grant award: $55,000.

Evaluation and Selection

The scoring factors as originally posted have been revised to make them 100% objective, rather than a range of points for certain factors. The same scoring factors have been retained. The reason for retaining these factors includes:

They are based on the already issued application, particularly the community base questionnaire; and
The Planning Strategy and Products factors balance the weight of the "community distress" points factors
The base match criteria for this fund are:

Five percent match required from applicants with population equal to or less than 1,500.
Ten percent match required from applicants with population over 1,500 but equal to or less than 3,000.
Fifteen percent match required from applicants with population over 5,000 but equal to or less than 5,000.
Twenty percent match required from applicants with population over 5,000.

Application and Guide:

If you have a particular question on these PCB scoring factors, please contact Joe Midura at (512) 936-7880 or Joe.Midura@TexasAgriculture.gov