Grants

Grants over $25,000 administered by the Office of the Governor.


Texas Enterprise Fund

The Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) is the largest "deal-closing" fund of its kind in the nation. Awards are made as a cash grant used as a financial incentive tool for projects that offer significant projected job creation and capital investment, and where a single Texas site is competing with another, viable out-of-state option.


Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program

The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) builds the Texas economy through attracting and creating jobs in the moving image industry, including film, television, commercial, visual effects and video game productions. Qualified producers have the opportunity to earn a cash grant based on a percentage of a project's eligible Texas expenditures, including eligible wages paid to Texas residents. Grants vary by budget levels and types of productions, and are issued upon completion of a review of the project's Texas expenditures.


Justice Programs

Coverdell Forensic Sciences Program - This program improves the quality, timeliness and credibility of forensic science and medical examiner services for criminal justice purposes. Grants are available to state agencies and units of local government that operate laboratories currently accredited by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Laboratory Accreditation Board of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, the National Association of Medical Examiners, or other appropriate accrediting bodies.

County Essential Grants - These grants provide emergency funding for counties that experience unanticipated expenses related to criminal justice activities, particularly related to capital murder cases.

Specialty Courts - This program helps counties and judicial districts develop drug courts that incorporate the 10 essential characteristics defined in the Texas Government Code, Subtitle K, Chapters 121-125.

Justice Assistance Grant Program - This program supports state and local agencies in the prevention and reduction of violent crime.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Grant Program - These grants provide individual and group substance abuse treatment for offenders in residential facilities operated by state and local correctional agencies, or jail-based substance abuse projects that provide individual and group treatment activities for offenders in jails and local correctional facilities.

State Criminal Justice Planning Fund - These grants support a wide range of projects designed to reduce crime and improve the criminal juvenile justice systems.

Body-Worn Camera Program - These grants provide grant funding for local law enforcement agencies to defray the costs of body-worn cameras.

Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grant Program - These grants provide funding to assist agencies in the purchase of rifle-resistant body armor.

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program - The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program provides funding to assist eligible local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

Evidence Testing Grant Program - These grants provide funding collected by public donation for grants to local law enforcement agencies or counties for testing evidence collected for sexual assault or other sex offenses.

District Attorney Testing of Forensic Evidence Grant Program - Provides grants to reimburse district attorneys for costs associated with the testing of forensic evidence.

Internet Crimes Against Children - Provides grant funding to Internet Crime Against Children Task Forces established in the state for the purpose of preventing and stopping internet crimes against children.

County Jail Medication-Assisted Treatment Grant Program - Provides funding for a pilot project with the purpose of providing inmates in Texas county jails access to Federal Drug Administration-approved, evidence-based medication assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol dependence.

Project Safe Neighborhoods Program - These grants provide funding to create and foster safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms.

Truancy Prevention Grant Program - Provides grant funding for justice, municipal, and constitutional county courts to establish a new juvenile case manager in a jurisdiction that does not already have a juvenile case manager.


Crime Stoppers Programs

Crime Stoppers Assistance Fund - These grants enhance and assist community efforts in solving crime. Crime Stoppers organizations are eligible to apply.


Victims Programs

STOP Violence Against Women Act Fund - These funds assist in developing and strengthening effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women, as well as to develop and strengthen victim services. The program is available to state agencies, local governments, Native American tribal governments, councils of government, universities, colleges, community supervision and corrections departments, crime control and prevention districts, nonprofit corporations and faith-based organizations.

Victims of Crime Act Fund - These funds provide services to victims of crime, responding to their emotional and physical needs, assisting them in stabilizing their lives, guiding them through the criminal justice system, and providing them with safety and security. The program is available to state agencies, local governments, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribal governments, universities, colleges, community supervision and corrections departments, councils of government that provide direct services to victims, and hospitals and emergency medical facilities that offer crisis counseling, support groups or other types of victim services.

Sexual Assault Services Program - The purpose of this grant is to promote the development, throughout the state, of locally based and supported nonprofit programs for the survivors of sexual assault and by standardizing the quality of services provided.

SAFE-Ready Facilities Program - These grants provide annual grants to designated facilities for education, training, and maintenance of the facilities’ SAFE-ready program.


Child Sex Trafficking Team

Child Sex Trafficking Unit - These funds provide operating costs for child sex prevention unit and provides grant funding to local government entities to support victims services.


Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force

Sexual Assault Survivors Task Force Program - Provides funding relating to statewide policies and practices, personnel training, evidence collection and preservation, and data collection and analysis regarding the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault and other sex offenses.


Terrorism Preparedness Programs

State Homeland Security Program - This program provides funding for local and statewide agencies to address high-priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities where a nexus to terrorism exists. Local projects are funded after consideration of priorities established through a regional review process.  Projects must address capability targets and gaps identified during the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, and assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR).

Urban Area Security Initiative - This program provides funding for three high-threat, high-density Urban Areas identified by FEMA: Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington, Houston, and San Antonio. The grants support local agencies efforts to build, sustain, and deliver the core capabilities essential to preventing, protecting against, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from acts of terrorism.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program - This program provides funding for target hardening and other physical security enhancements/activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. Funded nonprofit organizations must be located within one of the high-threat, high-density Urban Areas identified by FEMA: Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington, Houston and San Antonio.

Radio Infrastructure (Incident Based Reporting and Interoperable Communication Systems) - These grants provide funding for the planning, development, provision, enhancement, or ongoing maintenance of an interoperable statewide emergency radio infrastructure.


Border Safety Programs

Operation Stonegarden - This program supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to secure the Texas/Mexico and international water borders.  FEMA allocates funds based on risk-based prioritization using a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Sector-specific border risk methodology.

Local Border Security Program - This program provides funding for overtime and operating costs to support an increased law enforcement presence to detect, deter, and disrupt drug, human, and other contraband trafficking created by the close proximity to the Texas/Mexico border.

Border Prosecution Unit Program - This program provides funding to support prosecution resources and training as part of a collaborative initiative of District Attorney’s Offices handling an increased number of cases resulting from border-related crime.

Border Camera Installation and Maintenance Program - This program enhances border security by providing funds for Texas Military Department personnel to install and regularly maintain cameras that are part of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s event driven surveillance system known as "Drawbridge". 

Border Zone Fire Departments - These grants provide funds to professional fire departments in the border region to assist in the acquisition activities and to support emergency services associated with the execution of security activities associated with deterring crimes occurring in the border region.

Bulletproof Vest Program - These grants provide financial assistance to state agencies and public universities for costs incurred in the purchase of bulletproof vests.

Texas Anti-Gang (TAG) Program - These grants provide funding to support anti-gang activities.


Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant

The Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) is an infrastructure grant program designed to assist defense communities that have been positively or negatively impacted by a change or announced change from the Department of Defense. Funding can also be used proactively to support installations. Eligible applicants include local municipalities, counties, defense base development authorities, public junior college districts, and Texas State Technical College campuses all or part of which is located in a defense-dependent community.


Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office

With the Border Economic Development Grant, the Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office, as a Trusteed Program within the Office of the Governor, is soliciting proposals for projects to promote border economic development, which includes out-of-state business recruitment, the promotion of economic development, and strategic regional planning.


Disaster Grants

This program provides for implementation of the Texas Disaster Act of 1975, as amended, Texas Government Code, Chapter 418. If the governor finds regularly-appropriated funds to state and local agencies are insufficient to respond to a natural disaster, the governor may make additional funds available.


Emergency and Deficiency Grants

The Texas Government Code, Section 403.075, authorizes the governor to fund and solve fiscal problems of state agencies without having to call a special legislative session or to use budget execution authority. These funds are provided to state agencies with insufficient funds to operate, or to meet special needs in cases of emergency or unforeseen circumstances.


This information is provided per the requirements of HB 1487, 83rd Regular Session, 2013.