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Colonia Fund - Construction (CFC)

Fund Name:

Colonia Fund - Construction

Fund Acronym:

CFC

Description:

The Colonia Fund - Construction provides eligible applicants with grants to fund water and wastewater improvements, housing rehabilitation for low- to moderate-income households, the payment of assessments levied against properties owned and occupied by persons of low and moderate income to recover the capital cost for a public improvement and other improvements including street paving and drainage.

Eligible Applicants:

This fund is available to eligible county applicants for projects in severely distressed unincorporated areas which meet the definition as a “colonia” under this fund. Eligible areas are units of general local government limited to nonentitlement areas (with the exception of Hidalgo County) located within 150 miles of the Texas-Mexico border.

The term “colonia” means any identifiable unincorporated community 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).

Except for fund categories where additional restrictions apply, a county can only submit applications on behalf of eligible colonia areas located within 150 miles of the Texas-Mexico border region, except that any county that is part of a standard metropolitan statistical area with a population exceeding 1,000,000 is not eligible under this fund.

Award Amounts

Awards are made on a biennial basis through a competitive process among eligible counties
Awards range from a minimum of $75,000 to a maximum of $500,000

Evaluation and Selection

Application evaluation and scoring criteria may include, but is not limited to:
1) Benefit to low- to moderate-income persons
2) Community distress
3) Matching funds
4) Past performance
5) Project design
6) Project priorities

Application and Guide: