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ARRA Grant and Loan Opportunities in Texas

The Comptroller's office has compiled information, links and dollar amounts for potential funding opportunities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Funding opportunities include competitive grants, grants distributed through preexisting formulas and loan programs. Where possible, we have indicated the amounts available in Texas. Information is subject to change.

To apply: Please contact the administering agency or visit Grants.gov.
FAQs: has additional information on applying for grants and loans.

A printable version of the ARRA Grant and Loan Opportunities in Texas (PDF, 121 KB) is available in .pdf format.

Education

Education
Program
Title
Administrator Program Description Total Available
(millions)
Source Eligible
Entities
Type of
Assistance
Application
Deadlines
AmeriCorps Onestar Foundation
512-287-2000
AmeriCorps provides grants directly to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs including faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorp activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, assisting crime victims, building homes, and restoring parks. $2.3 State Existing Americorps grantees Formula Grants TBD
Children with Disabilities Texas Education Agency
512-463-9734
IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B-Grants to States, Special Education, Part B of the IDEA provides funds to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to help them ensure that children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child’s unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living. $945.6 State School districts Formula Grants TBD
Children with Disabilities (Infants and Toddlers) Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
800-628-5115
IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C-Infants and toddlers, Special Education, Part C of the IDEA provides funds to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to help them ensure the education of children with disabilities, aged three and under, have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child’s unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living. $39.4 State School districts Formula Grants TBD
Children with Disabilities (Pre-K) Texas Education Agency
800-628-5115
IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B-Pre-school Grants, Special Education, Part B of the IDEA provides funds to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to help them ensure that children with disabilities, including children aged three through five, have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child’s unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living. $24.3 State School districts Formula Grants TBD
Early Head Start U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
214-767-9648
Early Head Start. Grants for family-centered services for low-income families with very young children designed to promote the development of the children, and to enable their parents to fulfill their roles as parents and to move toward self-sufficiency. Up to 10 percent goes for training and technical assistance and up to 3 percent for monitoring the operation of these programs. $1,100.0 Federal Local Headstart centers Competitive Grants TBD
Education Technology Texas Education Agency
512-463-9734
Title I, School Improvement Grants--Aim is to improve academic achievement through the use of technology in public education. Grants can be used to improve student achievement using technology in a variety of ways, including but not limited to acquiring software, improving networking and equipment. Fund use is supplemental only. $285.2 State School districts Formula Grants TBD
Education Technology Texas Education Agency
512-463-9734
Title II, Part D-Education Technology Authorizes a series of competitive grant programs intended to support a variety of innovative K-12 educational activities. Grants can be used to improve student achievement using technology in a variety of ways including but not limited to acquiring software, teacher training, and new curriculum delivery. Fund use is supplemental only. $59.4 State School districts TBD TBD
Head Start U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
214-767-9648
Head Start. Grants not to exceed 80 percent of the total costs of the program. Matching funds will not be required to exceed 20 percent of the total costs of the program. $354 million for staff compensation and training, upgrading Head Start centers and classrooms, increasing hours of operation and enhancing transportation services. $60.0 Federal amount allocated to Texas Local Headstart centers Formula Grants TBD
Historically Black Colleges and Universities U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
202-208-6843
Funds to protect and restore buildings at historically black colleges and universities. Match requirements waived. $15.0 Federal Historically black colleges Competitive Grants TBD
Homeless Students Texas Education Agency
512-463-9734
Title VII, Subtitle B-McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act-- Program works to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free public education, including a public preschool education, as is provided to other children and youth. $3.5 State School districts TBD Funds must be distributed to states by 4/18/2009; state subgrants to school districts with 120 days after receiving its grant from the U.S. Department of Education
Impact Aid U.S. Department of Education
800-872-5327
Supports local school districts with concentrations of children who reside on Indian lands, military bases, low-rent housing properties, and other Federal properties, or who have parents in the uniformed services or employed on eligible Federal properties. $100.0 Federal School districts located near federal facilities and military bases Formula and Competitive Grants TBD
Innovation and Improvement U.S. Department of Education
800-872-5327
Specifies that the $200 million be used for a national evaluation of performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems in high need schools. $200.0 Federal Texas Education Agency, school districts, higher education and partnerships with other non-profit organizations Competitive Grants TBD
Low-income Students Texas Education Agency
512-463-9734
Title I, Part A Title I-A grants provide supplementary educational and related services to low-achieving and other students attending pre-K-12 schools with relatively high concentrations of pupils from low-income families. Formula funding based on number of disadvantaged students. School districts have a wide latitude in the expenditure of funds to improve student achievement. For example, Title I funds can be used for tutoring, reducing class size and afterschool programs. Fund use is supplemental only. $944.6 State School districts Formula Grants TBD
National School Lunch Program Texas Department of Agriculture
800-835-5832
Grants to help schools upgrade equipment to meet the current nutritional standards. Schools administering a lunch program with more than 50 percent of the population eligible for the national school lunch program. Consideration will also be made as to how the purchase either a) improves the quality of the school foodservice meals that meet dietary guidelines, b) improves the safety of food served in the school meals programs, c) improves the overall energy efficiency of the school foodservice operations, or d) allows the support of expanded participation in the school meals programs. $11.5 State Schools Competitive Grants First notice 4/30/2009
Pell Grants Higher Education Institutions
800-872-5327
The Pell Grant program is the largest source of federal grant aid to postsecondary students. The grants are available to low-income undergraduate students to help offset their costs associated with obtaining a postsecondary education. Direct aid to students. $186.6 Federal Higher education students Formula Grants Check with higher institution financial aid office
Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program U.S. Department of Education
800-872-5327
Grants for improving teacher education programs, strengthening teacher recruitment efforts, and providing training for prospective teachers. $100.0 Federal Higher education institutions Competitive Grants TBD
Work-Study Program Higher Education Institutions
800-872-5327
Need-based federal student aid that provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the opportunity for paid employment in a field related to their course of study or in community service. Students are compensated with a combination of federal funding and a matching amount provided by the student’s employer, which may be the institution of higher education or another entity. In most instances, the maximum federal share of compensation is 75 percent. Direct aid to students. $10.7 Federal Higher education students Formula Grants Check with higher institution financial aid office
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