Disaster Relief / Urgent Need Funds

Disaster Relief Assistance After Storms 

In the aftermath of natural disasters and storms, communities may consider applying for the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program, Disaster Relief Fund (TxCDBG-DR). The following publication includes information that applies to the TxCDBG-DR program for projects other than drought-related disasters.

Disaster Relief Assistance After Storms FAQ 

For Only Disaster Relief Fund Applications Related to Hurricane Harvey:

In recognition of the challenges facing Texas communities recovering from Hurricane Harvey, TDA announces the following modifications to application procedures for the Texas CDBG Disaster Relief Fund:

-  The deadline to apply for assistance related to Hurricane Harvey is extended from one year following the event (August 23) to January 31, 2019.

-  If the funding request is not to provide the local share for a FEMA funded project (i.e a stand-alone TxCDBG funded project), support documentation for the application may include draft Project Worksheets which identify the initial scope of work and cost estimate reviewed by FEMA or TDEM staff.  In order to be acceptable without the fully approved PW, the draft must be provided as a printout or report generated through FEMA’s Grants Portal.

Fund Names: Disaster Relief Fund and Urgent Relief

Fund Acronyms:



The Disaster Relief (DR) Fund addresses emergency situations that have received an official disaster declaration (either by the Governor or the President). Funds can be used to restore infrastructure damaged by natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, etc., to pre-disaster condition in design, function, and capacity. In a drought situation, the DR fund may also be used to install new facilities that resolve a primary drinking water supply shortage. DR fund applications are due within 12 months of the applicant being named in a disaster declaration.

The Urgent Need (UN) Fund is by invitation only. Funds can only be utilized for activities that will restore water or sewer infrastructure whose sudden failure has resulted in either death, illness, injury or pose an imminent threat to life or health within the affected applicant’s jurisdiction and the problem being addressed must be of recent origin (no more than 30 days from date of event).

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; cities that are not designated as a central city of a metropolitan statistical area; and cities 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

DR Awards range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $350,000

UN Awards range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $250,000

Evaluation and Selection

DR and UN Fund grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, with applications accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

Application and Guide:

2018 Disaster Relief/Urgent Need Application 
2018 Disaster Relief/Urgent Need Application Guide

For further information about the Disaster Relief and Urgent Need funds, please contact Joe Midura by email at Joe.Midura@TexasAgriculture.gov or by calling (512) 936-7880.