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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.

Public Safety & Criminal Justice

Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Program
Title
Administrator Program Description Total Available
(millions)
Source Eligible
Entities
Type of
Assistance
Application
Deadlines
Byrne Grants: Competitive Office of the Governor
512-463-1919
Texas will receive $147.5 million total. Of that amount, 60 percent ($90.3 million) will be distributed by the state and 40 percent ($57.2 million) will be directly awarded to local entities. Of the $90.3 million received by state agencies, the Governor’s office must distribute 60 percent to local law enforcement entities. The remaining amount may be used by state agencies such as the Texas Department of Public Safety for special law enforcement purposes (including training, equipment, personnel). There are no matching fund requirements for these grants. $54.2 State State and local law enforcement agencies Competitive Grants Application to Governor due 4/9/2009
Byrne Grants: Competitive U.S. Department of Justice
202-616-6500
Grants to be used for improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, assisting victims of crime (not compensation) and for youth mentoring programs. $225.0 Federal National, regional, state, or local public and private entities, commercial and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal jurisdictions Competitive Grants Application to Department of Justice due 4/27/2009
Byrne Grants: Formula U.S. Department of Justice
202-616-6500
Texas will receive $147.5 million total. Of that amount, 60 percent ($90.3 million) will be distributed by the state and 40 percent ($57.2 million) will be directly awarded to local entities. Of the $90.3 million received by state agencies, the Governor’s Office must distribute 60 percent to local law enforcement entities. The remaining amount may be used by state agencies such as the Texas Department of Public Safety for special law enforcement purposes (including training, equipment, personnel). There are no matching fund requirements for these grants. $57.2 Federal Local law enforcement agencies Formula Grants Application to Department of Justice due 5/18/2009
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) U.S. Department of Justice
800-421-6770
The grants to state and local entities are for hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers, training, equipment, technology upgrades, etc. The grants can not be used for new programs or start up costs. The programs funded must be primarily directed by a law enforcement entity and the $75,000 salary cap for police officers has been waived. $1,000.0 Federal State agencies, local governments, higher education institutions, tribal governments, school districts, housing authorities Competitive Grants Application deadline closes 4/14/2009; must be allocated by 9/30/2009
Disaster Assistance Federal Emergency Management Agency
800-368-6498
Disaster Assistance Direct Loan program; eases grant amount restrictions to local governments within a 2008 declared major disaster area that have suffered a 25 percent or more loss in tax revenues, although the grants could not exceed 50 percent of the annual operating budget. Loan amounts may exceed $5 million. n/a Federal Local governments within a 2008 declared major disaster area that have suffered a 25 percent or more loss in tax revenues Loans TBD
Firefighter Assistance Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Fire Administration
866-274-0960
Funding for modifying, upgrading, or constructing non-Federal fire stations. Suspends matching funds requirements for FY 2009 and 2010. No grant shall exceed $15 million. $210.0 Federal Non-Federal fire authorities and departments Competitive Grants TBD
Rural Law Enforcement U.S. Department of Justice
202-514-2024
Grants to prevent and combat crime, especially drug-related crime in rural areas. $125.0 Federal Rural law enforcement entities with fewer than 50 sworn officers Competitive Grants Application to Department of Justice due 4/22/2009
Southwest Border/Project Gunrunner U.S. Department of Justice
202-514-2024
The money will go to local law enforcement entities along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat narcotics activity. $30.0 Federal Local law enforcement entities along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Competitive Grants Application to Department of Justice due 4/17/2009
Tribal Law Enforcement U.S. Department of Justice
202-514-2024
The money will go to certified tribal law enforcement entities to deter crime and construct jails on tribal lands. $225.0 Federal Certified tribal law enforcement entities Competitive Grants Application to Department of Justice due 5/04/2009
Victim’s Compensation Office of the Governor
512-463-1919
Will be allocated by formula to the Governor for grants to local law enforcement entities for programs that provide non-monetary services to crime victims. This program has a 20 percent match requirement. $2.1 State Law enforcement entities Competitive Grants Application to Governor due 3/20/2009
Violence Against Women Office of the Governor
512-463-1919
Money will be allocated to the Governor for grants to local law enforcement entities to combat violence against women. There is a 25 percent match for local agencies and no match for nonprofit agencies. $9.0 State Local law enforcement entities Formula Grants Application to Governor due 3/18/2009
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