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Federal Funding Opportunities

The TCEQ receives federal funds, some of which may be made available as a sub-award to eligible recipients.

The TCEQ receives two types of federal grant funding: Discretionary (Project) and Continuation (Formula). The agency’s primary grantor is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); however, we also receive funds from other federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI).

When appropriate, a portion of a federal funds awarded to the TCEQ may be made available for sub-award to eligible recipients. The sub-award process is initiated by agency program staff designated as Grant Managers and submitted to management for approval. Eligibility criteria, project focus, sub-award limitations, and proposal submission requirements vary and are specific to each federal sub-grant opportunity.

Discretionary Funding Opportunities

In an effort to provide transparency in the TCEQ's federal discretionary funding opportunities process, the Federal Grants Management Team of the Budget and Planning Division, under the direction of the Executive Office, maintains a list of identified opportunities. While not all of these opportunities will develop into sub-award opportunities, we feel it is important for the public to be informed of those opportunities the TCEQ may consider pursuing. The list is maintained on a fiscal year basis and contains both active and historical opportunities. View the Discretionary Funding Opportunities List Microsoft Excel.

Requests for Proposals for competitive discretionary sub-awards are posted on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website Electronic State Business Daily Exit the TCEQ.

Continuation Funding Opportunities

Opportunities to submit Proposals to obtain a sub-award for continuation grant funding are posted on the Electronic State Business Daily.

The following provides information on continuation grant programs which offer sub-awards:

Competitive

Non-competitive

The Texas Clean School Bus Grant Program

When funding is available, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides TCEQ with funds to retrofit additional school buses with add-on control technologies that reduce emissions of particulate matter. The goal of this program is to reduce children’s exposure to diesel exhaust in and around diesel school buses.

Exposure to diesel exhaust can cause health problems and aggravate existing respiratory diseases, such as asthma. The reduction of particulate matter (PM) through the installation of retrofit technologies in school buses will result in cleaner air for children and bus drivers throughout the state of Texas. The project reflects ongoing efforts to improve air quality throughout the state.

Who is eligible for this funding opportunity?

Eligible applicants include any public school district or charter school in Texas that operates one or more diesel-powered school bus or transportation system provided by a countywide school district. All sizes of diesel-powered school buses are eligible for a grant.

Any bus proposed for retrofit must have at least five years of remaining useful life, unless the applicant agrees to remove the retrofit device at the end of the life of the bus and install the device on a different eligible bus. Retrofit technologies must be verified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Applicants are encouraged to keep the device in operation for the entirety of its lifespan which will vary depending on proper maintenance and operation. Applicants will be required to certify in the application documents that the buses to be retrofitted meet the eligibility requirements.

How may I obtain an application form?

TCEQ distributes information to school districts and conducts presentations to interested stakeholders throughout the state on how to participate in the program. Information on how and when to apply for grant funding from The Texas Clean School Bus Program can be obtained from the program website.

What program is the contact for more information?

For more information about the program, or how your school district can reduce school bus emissions, call the TCEQ at 512-239-3143 or send an e-mail to CleanBus@tceq.texas.gov.

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Air Monitoring (Section 105) Grants Program

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides TCEQ with designated federal Section 105 air grant funds to be awarded to eligible local air pollution control programs for air monitoring activities. TCEQ utilizes interlocal contracts to disburse these funds to the local air programs and oversee the monitoring and data management/data reporting activities associated with this funding.

Who is eligible for this funding opportunity?

The local air pollution control programs in Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and Galveston County are the designated recipients of this funding.

How may I obtain an application form?

Contact the EPA's Office of Grants and Debarment by e-mail at ogdweb.gad@epa.gov or the EPA Grant Administration Division by phone at 202/564-5323, 8am to 4pm EST Monday through Friday.

What program is the contact for more information?

TCEQ Monitoring Division Mobile Monitoring and Development Section are responsible for disbursing these federally designated funds and for managing the interlocal contracts with the local agencies. Additional technical information can be obtained by contacting Stephanie Ma at 512/239-6256 or by e-mail at monops@tceq.texas.gov.

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Nonpoint Source Grant Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency distributes funds appropriated by Congress annually to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) under the authorization of §319(h) of the Clean Water Act. The TCEQ administers federal funds for projects to assist the state in implementing the Management Program for Nonpoint Source Water Pollution.

Nonpoint source pollution management in Texas is a cooperative effort jointly administered by the TCEQ and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB). The TCEQ administers the Section 319 program in Texas for non-agricultural nonpoint source management programs, and the TSSWCB administers the program for agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint source issues. Information about the TSSWCB’s Section 319 program can be found at Texas Nonpoint Source Management Program. Exit the TCEQ

Who is eligible for this funding opportunity?

Grants will be available to all state agencies or political subdivisions of the State of Texas, including cities, counties, school districts, state universities, and special districts, as well as, nonprofit organizations. Private, for profit organizations may participate in projects as partners or contractors but may not apply directly for funding.

The TCEQ encourages the participation of all eligible grant recipients in the CWA §319(h) grant program. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate and partner with other local, state, and federal entities. Local participation in the program provides the following benefits: improves the quality and quantity of information used to identify and develop water quality restoration activities, ensures a local perspective in decision making, helps stakeholders gain insight into the nature of water quality problems and solutions, and promotes local stewardship of water resources through voluntary actions to curb or prevent nonpoint source pollution.

What types of projects are eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a project must address the objectives, goals and/or priorities identified in the Management Program for Nonpoint Source Water Pollution. Highest priority is given to funding the development and implementation of watershed protection plans and alternative watershed-based plans. Examples of eligible project activities include: assessment of nonpoint sources of pollution, education and outreach, developing and implementing watershed protection plans, implementing the nonpoint source portion of TMDL Implementation plans, and implementation of both the technology-based and water-quality-based management measures contained in the coastal nonpoint pollution control programs. Projects that implement storm water permit requirements under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) program are not eligible for funding; however, storm water management activities not required by permit may be eligible for assistance.

How may I apply for 319 funding?

The TCEQ requests grant applications for 319 funds annually, usually in the early June. For more information, visit the How to Apply for Nonpoint Source Grants.

What program is the contact for more information?

The TCEQ Nonpoint Source Team may be contacted at nps@tceq.texas.gov.

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Water Quality Management Planning (Section 604b) Grants Program

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is responsible for administering provisions of the constitution and laws of the State of Texas to promote judicious use and maximum conservation and protection of the quality of State waters. To assist the state in these efforts, Section 604(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA), as amended, authorizes funding for water quality management planning activities.

Who is eligible for this funding opportunity?

Seven planning agencies: Ark-Tex Council of Governments, Central Texas Council of Governments, Coastal Bend Council of Governments, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, North Central Texas Council of Governments, South East Texas Regional Planning Commission.

What program is the contact for more information?

The TCEQ Nonpoint Source Team may be contacted at nps@tceq.texas.gov.

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