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.

FAST 2020 Preliminary Scores now available!!!! (posted 11/13/20)

Please submit questions/comments to by November 27, 2020.

Due to the current pandemic conditions, TDA offices remain closed to the public.  Therefore, TDA is modifying the application submission procedures as follows:

All Applications for TXCDG Funding must be submitted electronically to TDA

- Submit all applications to
      - The emailed application will be the document of record
      - TDA strongly discourages mail delivery for applications – application materials mailed to TDA that arrive after the application due date will not be considered part of the original application
      - TDA will NOT be accepting hand-delivered applications

- Please use subject line: [Fund Acronym] - [Name of Applicant]
      - Example: DRP/MS – Sample City
      - Example: CFC – Sample County

-The email must include a complete scanned copy of the application as a single PDF document
      - Maps must be legible and not folded
      - Newspaper publications must be scanned as described in the application guide
      - If an income survey was performed, include the Survey Tab Form in the single PDF document.  If the survey has not been previously approved (including TDA staff initials), attach the complete survey documentation (Survey Tab Form, Address List, Survey Questionnaires) as a separate document

- The PDF application must be signed by the authorized official
      - Scanned copies of the wet ink signature are acceptable
      - Digital signatures that comply with the TxCDBG Project Implementation Manual requirements are also acceptable (See Chapter 2, page 6)

The FAST Application Deadline is September 1, 2020.  

(Please disregard the July deadline date listed in the application guide)

2020 FAST Application Guide Updated! (3/11/20)
2020 FAST Application Updated! (3/11/20)

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: $500,000
Multi-jurisdiction: $500,000

Evaluation & Selection:

Selection procedures: Applications will be evaluated by the department based on selection criteria which focus on the following factors (detailed application and scoring information is available in the DRAFT application guidelines):

1. Poverty Rate
2. Previous Funding
3. Past Performance

Additional Resources:
Sample Resolution - Multi-jurisdictional - Lead Applicant
Sample Resolution - Multi-jurisdictional - Co-applicant 
List of Previous Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) Awards 
List of Previous FAST Awards 
List of Previous Community Development (CD) Awards (2015 - 2018) UPDATED!!!
Beneficiary Documentation web page (See 2020 LMISD)
***The TxCDBG Survey Methodology Manual has been updated to include a survey strategy that adheres to social distancing.  Please see Appendix III for more information.***

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

Interested parties may call and leave a message for Michelle Phares at 512-936-6702. Please include a valid email address in the message. However, immediate concerns and inquiries regarding FAST should be sent via email to the address listed above.