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TDA Launches the TDA Grants Online (TDA-GO) System

TDA is pleased to announce the launch of the TDA Grants Online (TDA-GO!) system.  The first programs to use this system are the three open TxCDBG Fund Cycles (also known as Opportunities) – the Community Development Fund, the Colonia Fund: Construction program, and the Downtown Revitalization Program.

To access the TDA-GO system: https://tda-go.intelligrants.com/

To obtain Log-in Information:
 - Applicant Organizations requesting early account set up:  if your community (or administrative services provider) submitted information needed to establish the account, the Authorized Official should have received a system generated email this morning.  Please check your spam folder if you do not initially see this email.
 - Applicant Organizations that did not provide information for early account set up: please use the New User/Organization Registration link.  Please note: only the Authorized Official for the organization (local government) should complete this new user request.  Accounts for additional staff members can be created once the Organization is established.
 - If you did not receive an email, but you believe your organization’s information was submitted, please send an email to cdbgapps@Texasagriculture.gov, please include the name of the Applicant Community and Authorized Official, and if possible the date your information was submitted.

To request that a Third Party (Consultants, including COG Organizations) be allowed access to your application:

 - Third Party Access requested early: if your local government selected a third party application preparer, and this information was submitted prior to today, no additional action is needed.
 - New Third Party Access requests:  please complete the form on TDA's website.
 - If you believe your information was submitted, but your Consultant is not able to view the application, please send an email to cdbgapps@Texasagriculture.gov.


To review additional Program Materials and Training Opportunities:
 -TDA-GO Grant Recipient Training Manual can be found within the system, using the Training Materials link.
 - Various documents specific to TxCDBG applications within the TDA-GO! system are currently posted to the TDA website.  Additional materials may be posted as needed, including a link to the recording of today’s training, once available.
 - The first TDA- GO! Q&A session is currently scheduled for February 4th.  Additional training opportunities and Q&A sessions will continue to be scheduled and posted to the TDA website throughout the application period.
 - For specific technical assistance:
    - Related to CDBG requirements, please email cdbgapps@Texasagriculture.gov
    - Related to the TDA-GO! system, including CDBG applications, please email tda-go@texasagriculture.gov 


Online TxCDBG Certified Administrator Workshop

​TDA is pleased to announce the first virtual training opportunity for TxCDBG Grant Recipients and their service providers. Rather than conducting a series of implementation workshops around the state, TDA has created an online presentation covering key program material. Once an individual has reviewed the Online Workshop, they may take the certification test to become a Certified Administrator for the TxCDBG program for the coming year. The list of certified administrators posted to the TDA website will be updated in November, and periodically thereafter as additional persons become certified. 

To begin the Online TxCDBG Certified Administrator Workshop & Test, click HERE
For additional information about Professional Services for the TxCDBG program, click HERE
To access the full TxCDBG Implementation Manual, click HERE


TxCDBG Program Guidance and Applications - Social Distancing

​TxCDBG guidance that has been modified for social distancing has been collected HERE. This document will serve as an FAQ, and we will add topics as needed.

A fundamental component of the Texas CDBG program is the benefit to low- and moderate-income persons. For many communities, this means conducting a door-to-door survey of residents in a project area to document eligibility for grant funding. In this season of "social distancing", it is unknown when this work can safely be completed. 


2020-2021 RFQ & Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators

This is a two phase procurement process to pre-qualify grant administrators. Administrators that provide grant writing services and/or administration services for the TxCDBG Program are invited to submit applications. Local governments shall solicit proposals from this pool for preparation of an application to the TxCDBG program, and a subsequent administration services is grant is awarded. This streamlined procurement process is for administrative services contracts up to $50,000. 

Request for Qualifications Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators

Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators


TDA's response to written inquiries regarding the 2020 RFQ and 2020 RFQ Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators can be found HERE.


2020-2021 RFQ & Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers

This is a two phase procurement process to pre-qualify planning services providers. Individuals or firms that provide planning services for the TxCDBG Program are invited to submit applications. Local governments shall solicit proposals from this pool for preparation of an application to the TxCDBG program, and a subsequent planning services is grant is awarded. This streamlined procurement process is for planning services contracts up to $50,000.

Request for Qualifications Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers

Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers

TDA's response to written inquiries regarding the 2020 RFQ and 2020 RFQ Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers can be found HERE.


Economic Development Program Redesign: Feedback Requested

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is currently seeking written feedback/comments on the potential redesign of the economic development opportunities through TxCDBG. For more information on the potential program redesign, see the working summary, HERE.

All written feedback/comments regarding the potential TCF redesign should be submitted to Suzanne Barnard, CDBG Director, at Suzanne.Barnard@TexasAgriculture.gov.

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