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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.

Natural Resources & Energy

Natural Resources and Energy
Program
Title
Administrator Program Description Total Available
(millions)
Source Eligible
Entities
Type of
Assistance
Application
Deadlines
Advanced Energy Research Projects U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Funding for advanced energy technology research. The types of projects funded are considered by the U.S. Department of Energy as high-risk, high-payoff research. This is a new program modeled after DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Agency). $400.0 Federal Local, higher education and private agencies Competitive Grants TBD
Alternative-Fueled Vehicles Pilot Grant Program U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Pilot program for petroleum-free transportation fuels. $300.0 Federal State and local governments, metropolitan transportation authorities TBD TBD
Aquaculture Assistance Texas Department of Agriculture
800-835-5832
Specifically appropriated from the Commodity Credit Corporation out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) This program will be especially useful for areas experiencing drought conditions or issues from the hurricanes. Aquaculture producers that during 2008 produced an aquaculture species in which feed costs were a large percentage of input costs and also experienced a substantial price increase of feed costs. Producers that MAY be eligible: Catfish, Red Drum, Hybrid Striped, Bass, Sportfish, Crawfish, Tilapia, Baitfish. The program has a two-tiered competitive application process in which the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will apply to USDA for funds, after which local producers will apply to TDA for grants. $50.0 Federal Aquaculture producers Competitive Grants TBD
Batteries and Components U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Grants and loans to support the development of advanced vehicle batteries and battery systems (lithium-ion batteries and hybrid electric systems) and components within the U.S., as well as the development of supporting software. New battery technologies also have potential to enable the wide-spread use of renewable energy through electricity storage. According to the Department of Energy, $1.5 billion will be made available for grants to U.S. manufacturers to produce high-efficiency batteries and their components while $500 million will be for grants to produce other components needed for electric vehicles, such as electric motors. $2,000.0 Federal Local, state, higher education and private research agencies Competitive Grants TBD
Brownfields U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
617-918-1305 (for job training)
Brownfields: Evaluate and clean up former industrial and commercial sites through job training, assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants. State match waived. $100.0 Federal Job training: Government agencies, non-profit organizations (for communities already involved with brownfields program) Competitive grants and loans Job training program: 4/20/2009; Others: TBD
Clean Water Texas Water Development Board
800-887-6063
Clean Water State Revolving Funds: Loans for wastewater treatment and drinking water infrastructure. At least 50 percent to be used to further subsidize recipients through forgiveness of principal, negative interest loans, grants, or any combination of these. To extent there are eligible applications, at least 20 percent to go to green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvement, or other environmentally innovative projects. State matches waived. $179.1 State State water quality and water supply agencies Loans (including loan forgiveness) TBD
Defense Environmental Cleanup U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Funding for environmental cleanup of defense activities, specifically nuclear waste and decommissioned nuclear weapons. $5,127.0 Federal Local, higher education and private agencies Competitive Grants TBD
Diesel Emission Texas Commission for Environmental Quality
512-239-3900
One of three national competitive grant programs under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act: National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance. Supports diesel emission reduction programs. This program will be funded through competitive grants to the state, which will then make sub-grants on a competitive basis. $26 million will be made available for Environmental Protection Agency regions 6 and 7, of which Texas will receive a portion. TBD State U.S. regional, state, local, tribal or port agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality and nonprofit organizations that provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that operate diesel fleets Competitive Grants 4/28/2009
Diesel Emission Environmental Protection Agency
800-887-6063
One of three national competitive grant programs under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act: Smart Way Clean Diesel Finance. Supports the creation of national, state or local innovative clean diesel financing programs. Innovative financial programs include those where the loan recipient receives a unique financial incentive (for example, better than regular market rates or conditions) for the purchase of retrofitted vehicles or equipment. $30.0 Federal U.S. regional, state, local, tribal or port agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality and nonprofit organizations that provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that operate diesel fleets Competitive Grants 4/28/2009
Diesel Emission Environmental Protection Agency
800-887-6063
One of three national competitive grant programs under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act: National Clean Diesel Emerging Technology. Supports the use, development and commercialization of emerging technologies that reduce emissions from diesel engines. $20.0 Federal U.S. regional, state, local, tribal or port agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality and nonprofit organizations that provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that operate diesel fleets Competitive Grants 5/5/2009
Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Modernize the electric grid. Can be used for Smart Grid Technologies such as building lines to renewable energy sources, advanced metering devices, etc. Of the total, $100 million is for worker training, $80 million is for an assessment of resources and future demand, $10 million is to develop a framework of requirements and standards for information management to achieve interoperability of Smart Grid devices and systems, $3.3 billion in smart grid technology development grants and $615 million for smart grid storage, monitoring and technology viability. $4,500.0 Federal Grid operators, local units of government, private companies, and higher education institutions Competitive Grants TBD
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants: Additional U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Additional competitive grants for the reduction of energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and for improvements in energy efficiency. $400.0 Federal All entities eligible for direct grants or sub-grants under this program Competitive Grants TBD
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants: Large Cities and Counties U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
For the reduction of energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and for improvements in energy efficiency. Cities with populations greater than 35,000 and counties greater than 200,000 apply directly to the U.S. Department of Energy for projects grants. $163.3 Federal amount allocated to Texas Cities with populations greater than 35,000, counties with populations greater than 200,000 and tribal governments Formula Grants TBD
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants: Smaller Cities and Counties State Energy Conservation Office
512-463-1931
For the reduction of energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and for improvements in energy efficiency. Smaller cities and counties in Texas apply to the State Energy Conservation Office for project grants $45.6 State Cities with population less than 35,000 and counties with population less than 200,000 Formula Grants TBD
Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program and ENERGY STAR® State Energy Conservation Office
512-463-1931
Rebates for energy efficient appliances, while also supporting DOE’s efforts (with the Environmental Protection Agency) under the ENERGY STAR® Program. Disbursement method not specified. $23.3 State Purchasers of ENERGY STAR® appliances Rebates TBD
Energy Research U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Applied Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment. Research into biomass, geothermal, and information and communication technology projects for increased renewable energy capacity and improved energy efficiency in high-tech applications. $2,500.0 Federal Local, state, higher education and private agencies Competitive Grants TBD
Energy Science Laboratory and Research Facilities U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Investments in building and renovating laboratories and research facilities, research grants that will sustain American industry and provide new energy and climate solutions. Construction projects will allow ongoing research into high energy and nuclear physics, basic chemical and materials science, nanotechnology, biological and environmental science, advanced computing, and other cutting-edge fields. $1,600.0 Federal Local, state, higher education and private agencies Competitive Grants TBD
Floodplain Easements U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (Regional Office)
254-742-9800
The Floodplain Easements Program was designed to address areas that have been damaged by flood in a year or two of the previous ten years. This funding is for government purchase of these lands for fair market value, Geographic rate cap or a landowner offer. Areas that have been damaged by flooding 1-2 years in the last 10 years. No more than $30 million will be allowed per state. $145.0 Federal Landowners, state and local agencies Purchase program Signup Period: March 9-27, 2009
Fossil Energy Research and Development U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Grants will go to entities (local, state, higher education and private agencies): $1 billion for research and development in fossil energy; $800 million for the Clean Coal Initiative; $1.52 billion for industrial carbon capture and energy efficiency projects; $50 million for geologic site characterization and $20 million for geologic sequestration research. $3,390.0 Federal Local, state, higher education and private agencies Competitive Grants TBD
Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Loan guarantees are targeted to facilitate technologies that avoid, reduce or sequester air pollutants or greenhouse gases. These include projects in renewable energy, advanced fossil energy (particularly coal gasification), hydrogen fuel cells, advanced nuclear energy and energy efficiency, including transmission and distribution technologies, vehicles and end-use. $6,000.0 Federal TBD Loan Guarantees TBD
Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Funding will go to private local entities for the remediation and clean up of environmental problems. This is primarily for nuclear waste, spent fuel and materials. $483.0 Federal Private local entities Competitive Grants TBD
Rural Water and Wastewater Disposal Program (Combined with Loan Program) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (Regional Office)
254-742-9700
This is a direct loan and grant program administered by the Rural Utilities Service. Each loan is not to exceed $10,000. The grants may be for up to 75 percent of the total project cost. The local entities will be responsible for the remainder. Mostly these are used to build storm drains, waste collection centers, and other water distribution systems. $1,380.0 Federal Rural areas and cities and towns with a population of 10,000 or less Competitive Grants and Loans TBD
Safe Drinking Water Texas Water Development Board
800-887-6063
Safe Drinking Water Act: Loans for wastewater treatment and drinking water infrastructure. At least 50 percent to be used to further subsidize recipients through forgiveness of principal, negative interest loans, grants, or any combination of these. To extent there are eligible applications, at least 20 percent to go to green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvement, or other environmentally innovative projects. State matches waived. $160.7 State State water quality and water supply agencies Loans (including loan forgiveness) TBD
State Energy Program State Energy Conservation Office
512-463-1931
Promotes energy conservation and efficiency and reduces energy demand. Activities include technical assistance, training, education, project implementation support, and validation of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Funding may not be used for research activities or construction. $218.8 State End users of energy, including governmental agencies, businesses, schools, etc. Competitive Grants and Loans Initial state application: 3/23/2009 Comprehensive application: 5/12/2009
Transportation Electrification U.S. Department of Energy
888-DOE-RCVY (888-363-7289)
Provides grants on a cost-shared basis to encourage the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles or other emerging electric vehicle technologies. $400.0 Federal State governments, local governments, metropolitan transportation authorities, air pollution control districts, private or nonprofit entities, or combinations of those entities Competitive Grants TBD
Water Reclamation U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
512-899-4162
Grants for water reclamation and reuse projects; no new projects. There is a 50 percent cost share, and all projects must meet National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species requirements. In Texas, only one project in Williamson County is eligible. $126.0 Federal Local governmental entities Competitive Grants TBD
Watershed Operations U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (Regional Office)
254-742-9800
Provides technical and financial assistance to local organizations of authorized watershed projects to implement plans for watershed protection; flood mitigation; water quality improvements; soil erosion reduction; rural, municipal and industrial water supply; irrigation water management; sediment control; fish and wildlife enhancement; and wetlands and wetland function creation and restoration. $145.0 Federal Local organizations of authorized watershed projects Competitive Grants TBD
Watershed Rehabilitation U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (Regional Office)
254-742-9800
The Watershed Rehabilitation Program is specifically for aging or hazardous dams. This program will cover 65 percent of the cost. Texas has requested funding for six projects that local watershed sponsors have already submitted applications for. Local watershed sponsors include: counties, cities, and water conservation districts. Many of these grants will go to those on the waiting list. $50.0 Federal Local and state agencies Competitive Grants TBD
Weatherization Assistance Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
512-475-3800
For energy-related improvements to homes and to educate residents about energy conservation. Up to 20 percent can be used for training. Raises eligibility level to 200 percent of poverty and increases the amount that can be spent on each house in weatherization improvements to $6,500. $327.0 State Households at or below 200 percent of poverty level Formula Grants Plan application: 5/12/2009
Wildland Fire Management U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
800-832-1355
Hazardous fuels reduction, forest health protection, rehabilitation, and hazard mitigation activities on federal lands ($250 million), and on state and private lands ($250 million). Up to $50 million may be used to make wood-to-energy grants. $250.0 Federal State and private landowners TBD TBD
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