Community & Economic Development
We believe the strongest, most resilient communities are supported by the right infrastructure.
For over 44 years, GrantWorks has provided economic and community development programs to make much-needed improvements to local communities. Our services cover a range of project types, including disaster relief, infrastructure improvements, coastal management, and parks.
As a top provider of state and federal funding programs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), we manage a variety of projects from agencies like the Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, the General Land Office, Emergency Management, and Parks and Wildlife.
The GrantWorks Difference
Economic Development ExpertsOur expert team includes a former Economic Development Administration employee as the department head, a previous Executive Director of a county Joint Economic & Community Development Board, and a senior advisor with 40+ years’ experience in public service with local governments.
44+ Years' Experience in Grant ManagementFor over 44 years, GrantWorks has developed into one of the nation’s leaders in grant management services. We’ve successfully managed over $8 billion in assistance to hundreds of our communities.
400+ Nationwide Expert WorkforceWith a national workforce of over 400 subject matter experts, our team is equipped to handle virtually any type of grant program. We have successfully assisted over 600 state, county, and city government entities with grant program management services.
Our Economic and Community Development Services
Our Economic and Community Development Department offers an advisor and partner with the perfect combination of specialized, in-house grant management, including consulting, research, data analysis, mapping, and project management for all aspects of community grants.
We offer experienced grant writers who have gained over $850 million in secured funding from a range of programs. We provide step-by-step instructions for grant applications, ensuring that the questions are answered fully, the documents are completed, and the deadlines are met. Each grant writer is supported by specialists in door-to-door surveys, GIS, planning, housing, and more.
One of the largest and most comprehensive in the state, our economic and community development team boasts 14 TxCDBG-certified project managers to provide personalized service throughout project implementation. Our infrastructure improvements have totaled over $500 million.
Community Funding Sources
Economic Development Administration Funds
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity (PWEAA NOFO). These programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address economic needs, particularly in Opportunity Zones.
These funds help:
- District organization
- Indian Tribe or consortium of Indian Tribes
- State, county, city, or other subdivision of the state
- Institutions of higher education
- Public or private non-profit organizations or associations acting in cooperation with officials of the state
These applications provide investments for:
- Construction planning
- Technical assistance
- Revolving loan fund projects under EDA and EAA programs
Texas Community Development Block Grant Program
The Texas Community Development Block Grant Program uses the federal Community Development Block Grant funds to provide assistance to smaller communities through the Texas Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Affairs.
The funding categories include:
- Community Development Fund
- Disaster Recovery Fund
- Colonia Fund
- Disaster Relief Fund
- Texas Capital Fund
Four programs of the Texas Capital Fund:
- Main Street Improvements
- Downtown Revitalization Program
- Real Estate Development
- Infrastructure Development