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Grants: Funding Opportunities

We offer state and federal funding opportunities to a variety of groups, individuals, and governmental entities to carry out programs supporting our mission. We generally refer to these wide-ranging funding opportunities as "grants."

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

Regional Solid Waste Grants Program

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

Clean Rivers Program

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

Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Network

Purpose: The TCEQ continues to expand and improve the Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Network (CWQMN) for collecting data needed to assess water quality, support TMDL development and implementation,manage water resources,and other purposes. However, the TCEQ has resource constraints that limit what can be accomplished by TCEQ alone. Those interested in partnering to establish new CWQMN sites are encouraged to download the CWQMN Pre-Proposal Form.
Recipients: Pre-Proposals will be evaluated by a TCEQ panel familiar with the project river basin. The TCEQ will consider the data need and expected use,the availability of instruments to monitor the water quality parameter of concern, andthe availability of inkind resources for deployment, operation, maintenance, and/or data validation when evaluating project proposals. The TCEQ will evaluate each proposal submitted but may or may not determine to develop and deploy the proposed project.

Bays and Estuaries

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.

Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP)

Purpose: The TERP program provides financial incentives to eligible individuals, businesses, or local governments to reduce emissions from polluting vehicles and equipment.
Recipients: The TERP program is comprised of nine different grant programs. Each program has its own specific eligibility requirements and may accept applications at different time periods of the year.


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

Nonpoint Source (Section 319) Grants

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

Galveston Bay Implementation Program (Section 320)

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 organizations, 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.

OneStar Foundation: Texas Faith-Based and Community Initiative for Partnering with State Agencies Exit the TCEQ

(Please note that the content of OneStar Foundation’s website is controlled by OneStar Foundation.)

In accordance with Government Code Chapter 535, the TCEQ has appointed a liaison for faith-based and community organizations and that liaison is a member of the Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG) of state agencies. The ICG is charged with improving the working relationship between faith-based and community organizations and state government.

If you represent a faith-based or community organization, please feel free to contact our liaison, Chris Gobert, at 512-239-0382.