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2019 Capital Project Grant

Grants to Brownsville, Texas Nonprofits and City Departments
for Capital Projects that will Promote Economic Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 2:00 PM CST


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Grants to Brownsville, Texas nonprofits and city departments for capital projects that will enhance the quality of life for local residents and foster local economic development opportunities. Funding is intended to support expenditures that are associated with land, buildings, equipment, facilities, targeted infrastructure, and improvements.

Capital Project grants provide an opportunity for financial support for eligible projects Sections 501 and 505 of the Texas Local Government Code and is aligned with BCIC’s 3-year strategic plan that will contribute to the city’s economic health. Examples include:

- Downtown revitalization projects necessary to increase sales tax revenue and foster investor opportunities;
- Projects that are designed to increase recreational tourism and spur small business development and/or support the Active Transportation Plan; or
- Projects that support cultural, sports, fitness, recreational, entertainment and community that will contribute to the sustainability and growth of Brownsville's sales tax revenue.

Capital projects must fall under the following categories to be an eligible expenditure for "type b" economic development corporations:

- Land Acquisition
- Building Acquisition
- Equipment
- Facilities
- Expenditures
- Targeted Infrastructure
- Capital Improvements
- Professional and Amateur Sport and Athletic Facilities
- Convention Facilities
- Public Parks and Open Spaces Improvements
- Tourism and Entertainment Facilities

All projects must foster economic development within city limits.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143544

Term of Contract:

No multi-year grant requests will be accepted.

Approved capital projects must be completed within one calendar year from the date of the project agreement is signed, or consistent with project agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Apply:
Organizations requesting support from BCIC must be tax-exempt as designated in Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the IRS or by the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office, or a department of the City of Brownsville.

Additional Guidelines:

Applicant must be an organization that has a federal non-profit status (for-profit businesses, individuals, taxing entities except for the City of Brownsville, schools and churches do not qualify). Pass through applications will not be accepted.

Application for capital project grant must have conducted business within the City of Brownsville limits for a minimum of two (2) years. Economic development projects may be excluded from this requirement.

Applicant must own the land or facility where the proposed project will be located. If the Applicant does not own the land, written acknowledgement/approval from the property owner must be included with the application. The letter must document that the property owner is aware of the proposed use of the property or facility and that the property owner has reviewed the project plan and application, approves and supports the efforts of the Applicant. Grantee must also submit a copy of the current lease agreement.

Application must not be for a previous BCIC funded capital project unless it’s a phase project.

Preference may be given to applicants who have not received funding from BCIC within the previous 12-month period.

Preference may be given to applicants who develop and demonstrate multiple revenue streams to financially support the capital project for grant funds requested.

Projects must be for public use or otherwise meet the definition of “Project” as that term is defined in state law.

Capital Project funds shall not be used in a manner that benefits an individual board member, officer or employee contrary to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to nepotism, conflicts of interest, and other prohibitions.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Cycle:
- Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Presentation to BCIC Board – Public Hearing: April 2019 (subject to change)
- Award Notification and Fund Available: July 2019

The Capital Project grant is a two-step application process. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) first to determine if the proposed project is eligible for Type B funds accordance to sales tax statues. statues. If the project is determined eligible for Type B funds, the application will be reviewed by the BCIC Board and/or a board subcommittee and evaluated based on the project scoring rubrics. An applicant may be invited to do a presentation to the BCIC board to further evaluate the proposal.

All submitted capital project applications are reviewed, scored and awarded by the BCIC Board of Directors. Once awarded, the application will have to go through a public hearing, a 60-day comment period, and final approval from the Brownsville City Commission.

A minimum of a 20% monetary match on the project’s total cost is required on all applications. Preference may be given if the match is greater than 20%. No organization/entity will be exempted. A Letter of Commitment will need to be submitted stating where financial support is coming from.

Funds awarded for approved applications are expended on a cost reimbursement basis. Project sponsors must initiate their approved projects with their own funds and be reimbursed up to 80% of allowable costs after submitting documentation expenses. The final 20% of the award will be paid only upon receipt of the final report and if in compliance with all requirements of the project agreement.

Guidelines and Application:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Please contact Cori Peña, Administrator of Grants and Contracts, at (956) 548-6188 or by email for further inquiries on grant application and/or eligibility.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: City of Brownsville