Planning and Capacity Building Fund (PCB)

Fund Name:

Planning and Capacity Building Fund

Fund Acronym:



The Planning and Capacity Building Fund is a competitive grant program for local public facility and housing planning activities. Localities apply for financial assistance to prepare a “comprehensive plan” or any of its components. Typical activities regard topics such as: Base Mapping, Land Use, Housing, Population, Economic Development and/or Tourism, Central Business District, Street Conditions, Thoroughfares, Parks and Recreation, Water Distribution and Supply, Wastewater Collection and Treatment, Drainage (streets & flood hazard areas), Gas or Electric Systems (if owned by the locality), Community Facilities, Capital Improvements Program, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulation. Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, outlines all the generally eligible activities. 

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible non-entitlement cities and counties with a need for comprehensive or targeted planning. 

Eligible Activities:

Address needed local planning elements;
Assess local needs;
Build or improve local capacity; or
Develop strategies to address local needs.

Planning process should result in an improved local capacity to identify long and short term needs and to develop implementable strategies to address the identified community needs. Emphasis is placed on public works and housing assistance planning. 

Award Amounts

Awards are made on an annual basis through a statewide competition. Maximum grant award is based on beneficiary population.  See the most recent, published application guide for details.

Evaluation and Selection

Please see the most recent, published application guide for details.

Application and Guide:

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 CDBGapps@TexasAgriculture.gov
      - 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)

Application Deadline: September 1, 2020

If you have a particular question on these PCB scoring factors, please contact Aubrey-Ann Gilmore at (512) 936-7894 or Aubrey-Ann.Gilmore@TexasAgriculture.gov