Financial Assistance Programs

Clean Water State Revolving FundHot

Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Type:
Loan. Additional subsidies available for disadvantaged communities.
Uses:
Planning, acquisition and construction, wastewater treatment, stormwater and nonpoint source pollution control, and reclamation/reuse projects.
Applicants:
Political Subdivisions. Individuals are eligible to apply for non-point source pollution control projects.
Availability:
An annual priority rating process applies to projects.
Drinking Water State Revolving FundHot

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Type:
Loan. Additional subsidies available for disadvantaged communities.
Uses:
Planning, acquisition and construction of water related infrastructure, including water supply and Source Water protection.
Applicants:
Community water system owners and Nonprofit Non-Community water system owners are eligible to apply for the funding. This includes political subdivisions of the state and private individuals.
Availability:
An annual priority rating process applies to projects.
Rural Water Assistance Fund

Rural Water Assistance Fund

Type:
Loan
Uses:
Planning, acquisition and construction of water and wastewater related infrastructure. May also be used to obtain service or to finance consolidation or regionalization.
Applicants:
Political Subdivisions and Nonprofit Water Supply Corporations.
Availability:
Limited Funds.
State Participation Program

State Participation Program - Regional Water and Wastewater Facilities

Type:
Deferred interest obligation to repurchase Texas Water Development Board's (TWDB) interest in facility (State has a temporary ownership interest in a facility. State's ownership is purchased by applicant as their customer base grows.)
Uses:
Construction of regional water or wastewater construction project when the local sponsors are unable to assume debt for the optimally sized facility.
Applicant:
Political Subdivisions of the State and Water Supply Corporations which are sponsoring construction of a regional water or wastewater project can apply for funding.
Availability:
Limited Funds.
Water Infrastructure Fund

Water Infrastructure Fund

Type:
Loans - subsidized and deferred.
Uses:
Projects must be recommended water management strategies in the most recent TWDB approved regional water plan or approved State Water Plan. Funds may not be used to maintain a system or to develop a retail distribution system.
Applicants:
Political subdivisions of the State and Water Supply Corporations.
Availability:
Limited Funds. A semi-annual priority rating process applies.
Texas Water Development Fund

Texas Water Development Fund

Type:
Loan
Uses:
Planning, acquisition and construction of water related infrastructure, including water supply, wastewater treatment, stormwater and nonpoint source pollution control, flood control, reservoir construction, storage acquisition, and agricultural water conservation projects, and municipal solid waste facilities.
Applicants:
Political Subdivisions of the State and Nonprofit Water Supply Corporations.
Availability:
Limited Funds.
Economically Distressed Areas Program

Economically Distressed Areas Program

Type:
Grant, loan, or a combination grant/loan.
Uses:
To bring water and wastewater services to economically distressed areas (designated by TWDB) where the present water and wastewater facilities are inadequate to meet the minimal needs of residents. The program includes measures to prevent future substandard development.
Applicants:
Political subdivisions, and nonprofit water supply corporations, provided they meet certain program requirements.
Availability:
Limited Funds.
Agricultural Water Conservation Grants

Agricultural Water Conservation Grants

Type:
Grant (up to 100%)
Uses:
Demonstrations, education, research, technical assistance, and technology transfer. Grants may also be made to political subdivisions for agricultural water conservation projects for purchase and installation (on public or private property) of metering devices to measure irrigation water use in order to quantify effects of different water conservation strategies.
Applicants:
State Agencies and Political Subdivisions of the State
Availability:
Annual funding opportunity; Solicitations appear in Texas Register.
Agricultural Water Conservation Loans

Agricultural Water Conservation Loans

Type:
Loan
Uses:
Conservation projects that: 1.) improve water use efficiency of water delivery and application, or 2.) prepare irrigated land for conversion to dry land farming, or 3.) prepare dry land for more efficient use of natural precipitation, or 4.) purchase and install on public or private property devices designed to indicate the amount of water withdrawn for irrigation use, or 5.) brush control activities conduced under Chapter 203 of Agriculture Code, or 6.) other conservation projects defined by TWDB rules.
Applicants:
Eligible applicants include political subdivisions of the state, institutions of higher education, interstate compact commissions, and nonprofit Water Supply Corporation (Chapter 69 of Water Code), Banks and farm credit system may apply for link deposit funds to make loans available to individuals.
Availability:
Limited Funds.
Flood Protection Planning

Flood Protection Planning

Type:
Grant
Uses:
Evaluation of structural and nonstructural solutions to flooding problems and considers flood protection needs of the entire watershed. Upstream and/or downstream effects of proposed solutions must be considered in the planning. The proposed planning must be regional in nature by inclusion of an entire watershed.
Applicants:
Political subdivisions of the State of Texas with the legal authority to plan for and implement flood protection measures, and that are members of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Availability:
Projects compete annually for funding.

Requests for Proposals and Qualification statements

Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Mitigation Assistance

Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Mitigation Assistance

Type:
Grant
Uses:
Planning assistance to communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Eligible work includes: Acquisition of insured structures and real property; Relocation or demolition of insured structures; Dry flood proofing of insured structures; Elevation of insured structures; Minor, localized structural projects that are not fundable by State or other Federal programs; and Beach nourishment activities such as planting of dune grass.
Applicants:
Political subdivision, including any Indian or authorized tribal or native organization, that has zoning and building code jurisdiction over a particular area having special flood hazards, and is participating in the NFIP. Communities that are suspended or on probation from the NFIP are not eligible. A community applying for a FMA Project Grant must have an approved Flood Mitigation Plan.
Availability:
Dollar limits apply to each application.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Severe Repetitive Loss

Federal Emergency Management Agency Severe Repetitive Loss

Type:
Grant
Uses:
Provides Federal funding to assist States and communities in implementing mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to severe repetitive loss residential structures insured under the NFIP. Eligible activities includes: relocation or acquisition and demolition structures; dry flood proofing; elevation; mitigation reconstruction; and minor, localized structural projects.
Applicants:
Political subdivision, Indian Tribal government, and State agencies that has zoning and building code jurisdiction over a particular area having special flood hazards, and is participating in the NFIP. A community applying for a Severe Repetitive Loss Project Grant must have an approved Flood Mitigation Plan.
Availability:
annual cycle, 90% Federal and 10% community cost share.
Groundwater Conservation District Loan Program

Groundwater Conservation District Loan Program

Type:
Loan
Uses:
Finance the start-up costs (salaries and payroll taxes; utilities; travel; insurance; building and office leases; office supplies and furniture; telephone and computer equipment; and legal and professional fees) of Groundwater Conservation Districts.
Applicants:
District or authority created under the Texas Constitution, Section 52, Art. III, or Section 59, Article XVI, that has the authority to regulate the spacing of water wells, the production from water wells, or both. The district must be a newly confirmed district or legislatively created district that does not require a confirmation election.
Availability:
Limited Funds.
Regional Facility Planning Grant Program

Regional Facility Planning Grant Program

Type:
Grants
Uses:
Studies to evaluate and recommend the most feasible alternatives to meet regional (two or more participating entities or service areas) water supply and wastewater facility needs, estimate the costs associated with implementing the recommendations, and identify any institutional arrangements that may be necessary to provide regional water supply and wastewater services. Regional systems often have inherent operational advantages or economies of scale over stand-alone systems.
Applicants:
Political subdivisions with the legal authority to plan, develop, and operate regional facilities, including nonprofit water supply corporations.
Availability:
Annual application process published with Request for Proposals.

Requests for Proposals and Qualification statements

Regional Water Planning Group Grants

Regional Water Planning Group Grants

Type:
Grant
Uses:
Planning activities for the long-term (50-year) water supply needs of Texas. Tasks eligible for funding include determining future water demands, availability of current/future water supplies, identifying needs for additional supplies, recommending management strategies to meet water needs, and developing a regional water plan every five years.
Applicants:
Political Subdivisions pre-designated by the 16 Regional Water Planning Groups in the state.
Availability:
Typically two Requests for Proposals occur during the 5-year planning cycle.
Water Research Grant Program

Water Research Grant Program

Type:
Grant
Uses:
Water research that addresses one of the Texas Water Development Board's designated research topics published in its most recent Request For Proposals.
Applicants:
Individuals, political subdivisions of the state, and nonprofit water supply corporations are eligible to apply for funding.
Availability:
Annual application process published with Request for Proposals.

Requests for Proposals and Qualification statements