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Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program

Grants to Texas Agencies to Address the
Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) - Public Safety Office (PSO)

Deadline Date:

05/11/21 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to Texas regional councils and Regional Planning Commissions in eligible areas to address the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to support efforts to prepare for, prevent, and respond to the health crisis. Eligible entities must be located in a county that has an average of 90% or above on both adult and juvenile dispositions entered into the computerized criminal history database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates in local and tribal jails and detention centers.

Applicants may conduct one or more of the following activities:

  • Distribution of personal protective equipment/supplies to local units of government
  • Pass-through subawards to local units of government
  • Offset direct COVID19-related costs

Examples of allowable costs include:

  • Personnel Overtime (Peace Officer, Jailer, Correctional Officer, Medical, and other Essential Staff)
  • Personnel Protective Equipment(PPE)
  • Supplies (i.e. gloves, masks, sanitizer, disinfectant)
  • Temporary Staff
  • Medical care for inmates that have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Any other costs associated with the implementation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Guidance documents

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189178

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum: $10,000
- Maximum: None

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin on or after 02/01/2020 and may not exceed 10/31/2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may only be submitted by a Regional Planning Commission or Council of Government (COG) established under Chapter 391 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Eligibility Requirements:
1. Entities receiving funds from PSO must be located in a county that has an average of 90% or above on both adult and juvenile dispositions entered into the computerized criminal history database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as directed in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 66. The disposition completeness percentage is defined as the percentage of arrest charges a county reports to DPS for which a disposition has been subsequently reported and entered into the computerized criminal history system.
2. Beginning January 1, 2021, counties applying for grant awards from the Office of the Governor must commit that the county will report at least 90 percent of convictions and other dispositions within five business days to the Criminal Justice Information System at the Department of Public Safety.
3. Eligible applicants operating a law enforcement agency must be current on reporting complete UCR data and the Texas specific reporting mandated by 411.042 TGC, to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for inclusion in the annual Crime in Texas (CIT) publication. To be considered eligible for funding, applicants must have submitted a full twelve months of accurate data to DPS for the most recent calendar year by the deadline(s) established by DPS. Due to the importance of timely reporting, applicants are required to submit complete and accurate UCR data, as well as the Texasmandated reporting, on a no less than monthly basis and respond promptly to requests from DPS related to the data submitted. Note: UCR is transitioning from summary reporting to NIBRS only in 2021. Applicants are encouraged to transition to NIBRS as soon as possible in order to maintain their grant eligibility.
4. Local units of government, including cities, counties and other general purpose political subdivisions, as appropriate, and institutions of higher education that operate a law enforcement agency, must comply with all aspects of the programs and procedures utilized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to: (1) notify DHS of all information requested by DHS related to illegal aliens in Agency’s custody; and (2) detain such illegal aliens in accordance with requests by DHS. Additionally, counties and municipalities may NOT have in effect, purport to have in effect, or make themselves subject to or bound by, any law, rule, policy, or practice (written or unwritten) that would: (1) require or authorize the public disclosure of federal law enforcement information in order to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection fugitives from justice or aliens illegally in the United States; or (2) impede federal officers from exercising authority under 8 U.S.C. § 1226(a), § 1226(c), § 1231(a), § 1357(a), § 1366(1), or § 1366(3). Lastly, eligible applicants must comply with all provisions, policies, and penalties found in Chapter 752, Subchapter C of the Texas Government Code.

Grant funds may not be used to support the unallowable costs listed in the Guide to Grants or any of the following unallowable costs:
1. Law enforcement equipment that is standard department issue; and
2. Any other prohibition imposed by federal, state or local law orregulation

Pre-Application Information:

Due date: 5/11/2021 at 5:00 PM CST

Applications will be reviewed and processed as they are received. PSO intends to issue awards in an expeditious manner and encourages applicants to submit prior to the deadline in order to receive notification of an award as soon as reasonable.

Key Dates:
- Funding Announcement Release: 03/12/2021
- Online System Opening Date: 03/12/2021
- Final Date to Submit and Certify an Application: 05/11/2021 at 5:00pm CST
- Earliest Project Start Date: 02/01/2020

Eligible applicants must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number assigned to its agency (to request a DUNS number, go to

Eligible applicants must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) database located at

Instructions for submitting an application kit are available at

Contact Information:

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

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For more information, contact the eGrants help desk at or (512) 463-1919.

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