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Fire, Ambulance and Services Truck (FAST) Fund

Fund Name:

Fire, Ambulance and Service Truck Fund




The Fire, Ambulance, & Service Truck (FAST) Fund provides funds for eligible vehicles to provide emergency response and special services to rural communities.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are non-entitlement 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). 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).

Non-entitlement 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. Non-entitlement counties are also predominately rural in nature and are counties that generally have fewer than 200,000 persons in the non-entitlement cities and unincorporated areas located in the county.

Award Amounts:

Application Minimum:
Single Jurisdiction: $50,000
Multi-jurisdiction: $50,000

Application Maximum:
Single Jurisdiction: $750,000
Multi-jurisdiction: $750,000

Match Requirement:

Application Deadline: July 29, 2022

2022 FAST Application Guide and RFA (*Revised 4/29/2022)
*Revision #1: 3/31/2022 on page 5, under Part I, Eligible Activities
*Revision #2: 4/4/2022 on pages 9-10, under Part I, Fast Scoring, Previous Funding
*Revision #3: 4/20/2022 on pages 10-11, under Part I, FAST Scoring, Past Performance Scoring Factors (correction to past performance evaluation period)
*Revision #4: 4/29/2022, added Table of Contents (TOC) page for Parts II and III of Application Guide & RFA

Appendix I - 2022 Application Instructions - Including FAST Supplement (Posted 3/28/2022)

Additional Resources:
Previous FAST Awards
Previous CEF Awards
TxCDBG Beneficiary Documentation Web Page
TDA-GO (online Grants Management System)
2022 FAST Application Webinar (4/19/22)
2022 Fundamentals of Applying for TxCDBG Grants Webinar (4/11/22)
TxCDBG Implementation Manual

For further information about the FAST Program, please contact Michelle Phares by email at  

Interested parties may also call Michelle Phares at 512-936-6702.