Call for Applications: Colonia Fund for Construction – Texas 

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.

Donor Name: Texas Department of Agriculture

State: Texas

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 05/03/2023

Size of the Grant: $1,000,000


Funding Information

  • Awards are made on a biennial basis through a competitive process among eligible counties
  • Awards maximum of $1,000,000.
  • Grant funds may be used for the following costs in support of eligible TxCDBG program activities up to the maximum amount below – if actual costs exceed this amount, matching funds will be assigned to these costs:
    • General Administration – up to 16% of funds requested for construction and acquisition activities or $60,000, whichever is less
    • Engineering Services – up to 25% of funds requested for construction and acquisition activities or $85,000, whichever is less.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Funds for colonia construction projects or activities are available to eligible applicants that are non-entitlement units of general local government (counties and in certain cases cities) that do not participate in the entitlement portion of the Federal CDBG Program.
  • Eligibility is limited to counties with areas meeting the definition of a colonia that are located within 150 miles of the TexasMexico border.  Under the TxCDBG Program, a “colonia” is an unincorporated, identifiable community defined by a set of criteria, which includes:
    • lack of potable water supply;
    • lack of adequate sewage systems;
    • lack of decent, safe, and sanitary housing; and
    • whether the community existed as a colonia prior to the date of enactment of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (November 28, 1990).
  • Any county within 150 miles of the Texas-Mexico border that is part of a metropolitan statistical area with a population exceeding 1,000,000 is not eligible.  Hidalgo County, while a designated CDBG urban county, is eligible for funding under the Colonia Fund.
  • Eligible counties with areas located within 150 miles of the Texas-Mexico border are:  Aransas (Part); Bee; Blanco (Part); Brewster; Brooks; Cameron; Coke (Part); Concho (Part); Crane; Crockett; Culberson; DeWitt (Part); Dimmit; Duval; Ector; Edwards; El Paso; Frio; Gillespie (Part); Glasscock (Part); Goliad (Part); Hidalgo; Hudspeth; Irion; Jeff Davis; Jim Hogg; Jim Wells; Karnes (Part); Kenedy; Kerr; Kimble; Kinney; Kleberg; La Salle; Live Oak; Llano (Part); Loving; Mason (Part); Maverick; McCulloch (Part); McMullen; Menard; Midland (Part); Nueces; Pecos; Presidio; Reagan; Real; Reeves; Refugio; Runnels (Part); San Patricio; Schleicher; Starr ;Sterling (Part); Sutton; Terrell; Tom Green; Upton; Uvalde; Val Verde; Ward; Webb; Willacy; Winkler (Part); Zapata; Zavala.

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