GrantWorks has roots in Texas and the Gulf Coast extending back to the mid-1970s. The firm’s founder and president, Bruce J. Spitzengel, worked for the Cities of Pasadena and Texas City as a Planner and Community Development Director before founding the consulting business in La Porte, Texas, in 1979.
For the first 15 years the firm primarily focused on administration of Community Development Block Grants under the Texas State small cities program. This program provides grant assistance to local governments for infrastructure and comprehensive planning.
The CDBG program has been in at least five agencies since we began working with the program moving to the Texas Department of Agriculture in 2011.
GrantWorks began securing and managing Texas HOME Program awards for our local government clients in the early 1990s, quickly becoming the main provider of services throughout the state. We primarily work with the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction activity. During the past 20 years GrantWorks has secured more than $150,000,000 in HOME funding more than 400 separate contracts for our clients, which include local governments and several non-profit groups. The total number of housing units we have assisted is greater than 3,000.
Bruce opened an office in Austin in 1995, which gradually grew to become the corporate headquarters location. The current main office building on Northland Drive was purchased in 2004, allowing us to consolidate our operations which were then in several buildings. As we continued to grow throughout the 1990s and 2000s we added additional offices around Texas to serve our 250 local government clients.
GrantWorks was the first consulting firm to work with the General Land Office’s Coastal Management Program (1998) and has been active in the Coastal Infrastructure Assistance Program since its inception. We were among the first to secure and manage various TxDOT programs including ICE-TEA, TEA-21, Safe Routes to School, and SAFETEA-LU, Texas Parks and Wildlife Open Space Master Planning, Small Parks, Large Parks, and Indoor Recreation, and the State Energy Conservation Office’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants.
Currently the firm is active in the Hurricanes Ike/Dolly Disaster Recovery program managed by the General Land Office and looks forward to continually improving the services we deliver to local governments.