Helping with Economic Recovery

The Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Gulf Coast Economic Development District issue an Economic Recovery Resources Biweekly Update to help our local partners secure the resources they need to recover from economic disruption.

Subscribers to the monthly Regional Economic Development Digest will receive the biweekly update automatically.

The following funding opportunities are currently open to local governments and economic development organizations.

Economic Development Administration Public Works Grants

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

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The US Economic Development Administration supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment. These Public Works Grants help communities build the infrastructure they need to support job growth and private investment. Infrastructure types include water / wastewater, roads, and facilities.

If you have an economic development infrastructure need in your community, email Jillian Donatto or call 631-897-3817.

Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan & Grant Program

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan & Grant program provides funding to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities in rural areas.

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

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Community Resiliency Program 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs grants to create, expand, or enhance public facilities that provide medical care, social services, and/or non-congregate housing in response to both the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics. 

Application deadline is November 30, 2021

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Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Application deadline is October 19, 2021 for Phase I and March 15, 2022 for Phase II

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration will invest in regional coalitions to implement a collection of 3 to 8 distinct but related projects, in coordination with industry and community partners, and aligned around a holistic vision to build and scale a strategic industry cluster.

Statewide Planning, Research & Networks

Application deadline is October 31, 2021, applications reviewed on a rolling basis

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U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding for state planning efforts and grants to build Communities of Practice to extend technical assistance to support EDA’s work with grantees.

Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

Application deadline is November 8, 2021

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U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program for small specialty crop producers, distributors, processors, and farmers markets to enact measures that protect workers against the coronavirus.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Application deadline is December 3, 2021

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Federal Emergency Management Agency grants to support community capacity building and resilience strengthening in direct response to the growing hazards associated with climate change

Good Jobs Challenge

Application deadline is January 26, 2022

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U.S. Economic Development Administration grants to develop and strengthen regional workforce training systems and sector-based partnerships with a focus on programs for women, people of color, and historically underserved communities.

Economic Adjustment Assistance

Application deadline is March 15, 2022, applications reviewed on a rolling basis

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U.S. Economic Development Administration grants to help communities plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs.

Indigenous Communities

Application deadline is March 15, 2022, applications reviewed on a rolling basis

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U.S. Economic Development Administration will work with Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities to develop and execute economic development projects they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future.

Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

Application deadline is March 15, 2022, applications reviewed on a rolling basis

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U.S. Economic Development Administration investments to revitalize the hard-hit travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries and accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on these sectors.

These partner organizations provide information to local governments, businesses, and economic development organizations on available recovery resources.

Greater Houston Business Recovery Center

The Greater Houston Partnership has established the Greater Houston Business Recovery Center (GHBRC), which will provide guidance on policy and financing related to recovery programs.

Restore Your Economy

RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts.

Houston-Galveston Area Local Development Corporation

H-GALDC is a certified development company (CDC) and currently licensed throughout Texas. Its economic development by making available low-cost small businesses under the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) SBA 504 Loan Program. The H-GLADC administers the GCEDD Revolving Loan Fund, which is providing bridge loans for Economic Injury Disaster Loan applicants.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

H-GAC is the regional organization through which local governments consider issues and cooperate in solving area wide problems. The Houston-Galveston Area Council COVID-19 response page contains information for small businesses, teleworking best practices, and Workforce Solutions updates. It also provides updates on impacted H-GAC programs, meetings, and events.

Texas Economic Development Council

The Texas Economic Development Council COVID-19 webpage catalogs webinars, small business program examples, research white papers, Texas Workforce Commission resources, and advice for retailers.

National Association of Development Organizations

The National Association of Development Organizations COVID-19 resource center provides advocacy resources, upcoming virtual events and training, federal agency COVID-19 resources, member response resources, national partner organizations response resources, Office of Management and Budget guidance, state-by-state workforce guidelines, philanthropic resources for communities.

International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council Corona Virus Response webpage provides information on the IEDC's COVID-19 webinar series and frequently updated situational reports.

Main Street Forward

Main Street Forward provides a wide range of free resources for Main Street leaders, including recovery planning tools, research, and best practices and examples from around the Main Street Network.

Economic Recovery Resources