Grants: Funding Opportunities
We consider grants to be awards in the form of financial assistance—including federal cooperative agreements—made to eligible entities that will derive a primary benefit from assistance of the granting agent. These grants may be attained through a competitive or non-competitive applications process. Assistance may be in the form of money, property, or other financial assistance paid by us to carry out a program according to state and federal rules, requirements, and guidance.
Grants Awarded from State Funds
Purpose: Solid waste management activities and various local and regional projects that help implement solid waste management plans, in accordance with Section 361.014 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
Recipients: Regional and local governments
Purpose: Collect and assess surface water quality data and provide a public forum for managing water quality in each Texas river basin, in accordance with Section 26.0135 of the Texas Water Code.
Recipients: 12 river authorities, one water district, one federal agency, and one council of government
Purpose: Implement federally approved Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans developed to protect and restore the health and productivity of Galveston and Coastal Bend bays and estuaries while supporting continued economic growth and public use. Implementation is achieved with local partnerships and stakeholder involvement.
Recipients: Local non-profit organizations, cities, counties, universities, and other state agencies
Local Air Programs
Purpose: Cooperative agreements with eligible local air pollution programs under Health and Safety Code, Section 382.0622 to respond to air-related complaints and conduct investigations.
Recipients: Select cities
Air Quality Research and Planning
Purpose: Near Non-Attainment Area Grants – Identifying, inventorying, and monitoring of pollution levels; modeling local pollution levels; and the identification, quantification, and implementation of appropriate local pollution reduction controls. Funds are allocated to projects most useful for the State Implementation Plan.
Recipients: Waco, El Paso, Beaumont, Austin, Corpus Christi, Granbury, Longview-Tyler-Marshall, San Antonio, and Victoria
Purpose: Air Quality Research Program – Coordinate and conduct research on key air quality issues identified by the TCEQ.
Recipients: University of Texas Center for Energy and Environmental Resources
Purpose: Air Quality Research Grants – Conducts work to support or improve emissions inventory, modeling, and other activities necessary for Texas’ State Implementation Plan development and improvement.
Recipients: University of Houston, University of Texas, Lamar University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Leak Surveys, Houston-Galveston Area Council, North Central Texas Council of Governments, URS, Environ, Transystems, Easter Research Group
Purpose: North Texas Monitoring – Coordinates and implements a monitoring network in the North Texas area.
Recipients: North Texas Commission
Low Income Repair Assistance, Retrofit, and Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program
Purpose: The TCEQ has developed rules for the LIRAP (created under HB 2134 (77(R)), Health and Safety Code, Chapter 382, Section 382.209) to establish the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine (DACM) Program and the Local Initiatives Projects (LIP). The DACM program provides funding to assist eligible vehicle owners with emissions-related repairs, retrofit, or the option to retire the vehicle. Vehicle owners who have failed a recent emissions test and who meet the low-income criteria may be eligible. LIP provides funding for local projects targeted at improving air quality in the counties implementing the LIRAP. Counties may contract with metropolitan planning organizations, councils of governments, or other appropriate entities.
AirCheckTexas DACM Vehicle Repair Assistance – Provides financial assistance for emissions-related vehicle repairs.
AirCheckTexas DACM Vehicle Replacement Assistance – Provides financial assistance toward replacement of older vehicles.
Local Initiatives Projects – Provides funding to eligible counties for local projects to improve the air quality. Eligible LIP projects may include projects that:
- Expand and enhance the AirCheckTexas DACM Program;
- Develop and implement programs or systems that remotely determine vehicle emissions and notify the vehicle's operator;
- Develop and implement projects to implement the TCEQ’s Smoking Vehicle Program;
- Develop and implement projects in coordination with the director of Department of Public Safety for coordinating with local law enforcement officials to reduce the use of counterfeit registration insignia and vehicle inspection reports by providing local law enforcement officials with funds to identify vehicles with these counterfeits and to carry out appropriate actions;
- Develop and implement programs to enhance transportation system improvements; or
- Develop and implement new air control strategies designed to assist local areas in complying with state and federal air quality rules and regulations.
Recipients: Counties participating in the Vehicle Emissions Inspection/Maintenance program in which a fee is collected for this purpose.
Purpose: This grant program implements the portion of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) related to the Texas Clean School Bus Program, as authorized under Chapter 390, Texas Health and Safety Code. The TCEQ adopted rules to implement this program under 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 114, Subchapter K, Division 4.
The goal of this program is to reduce children’s exposure to diesel exhaust in and around diesel school buses. Under the program, the TCEQ will provide grants to offset the incremental cost of eligible projects that reduce diesel exhaust emissions.
Recipients: Any school district or charter school that operates one or more diesel-fueled school buses or a transportation system provided by a countywide school district may apply for and receive a grant under this program. Private schools are not eligible for funding. An eligible entity that leases buses may be eligible for grants if the eligible entity is the applicant and consents to being a third-party to an agreement with the leasing company and TCEQ.
Grants Awarded from Federal Funds
Section 106 Water Pollution Control Grants
Purpose: Assist in administering programs for the prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution, including programs for the development and implementation of groundwater protection strategies. Prevention and control measures supported include permitting, development of water quality standards and total maximum daily loads, and water quality monitoring.
Recipients: Universities, river authorities, councils of government, state agencies, and non-profits
Purpose: Develop and implement watershed-based plans (Watershed Protection Plans or Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plans). The Texas Nonpoint Source Management Program is required under Clean Water Act (CWA), §319(b). This management program outlines Texas' comprehensive strategy to protect and restore water quality impacted by nonpoint sources of pollution. Nonpoint source pollution comes from rainfall runoff, snowmelt, atmospheric deposition, and other means that carry pollutants to rivers, lakes, coastal waters, and groundwater. To be eligible for funding, a project must address the objectives, goals and/or priorities identified in the Texas Nonpoint Source Management Program.
Recipients: Universities, river authorities, council of governments, counties, cities, conservation districts, and local non-profits
Purpose: Implement the federally approved Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan developed to protect/restore the health/productivity of Galveston Bay while supporting continued economic growth and public use. Implementation is achieved with local partnerships and stakeholder involvement.
Recipients: Local non-profit organization, cities, counties, universities, other state agencies
Section 604b Grant
Purpose: Review permits and projects for conformance with the State of Texas Water Quality Management Plan, develop and maintain the Water Quality Management Plan, and develop and administer contracts for designated planning agencies that support watershed planning and public education and outreach.
Recipients: Councils of governments and local non-profit organizations.
Coastal Impact Assistance Program
Purpose: The TCEQ receives these funds from the Texas General Land Office who receives them from the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Service. We award grants to provide financial assistance for various Texas coastal water quality studies/projects.
Recipients: Universities and federal agencies, local non-profit organizations, and non-state for-profit organizations.