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.

Open Funding Opportunities

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 Darryl Briscoe or call 713-499-6686.

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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Rural Energy Pilot Program 

Letter of Intent due on or before April 19, 2022 | Completed Applications due July 18, 2022

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U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to offer financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy. Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) applicants must be Rural Energy Community Partnerships, as defined in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Partner Resources

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

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