Shortlist Notification Date: Monday, March 4, 2019

Overview

The Rebuild Texas Fund is announcing $1,500,000 in grant funding to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey prepare for future hurricane seasons. Grants of up to $100,000 will support projects that enhance a community’s ability to respond to a future natural disaster.

Qualifications

  • Project type: generator / power supply, communications and medical equipment, vehicles, rescue boats or building enhancements / modifications.
  • Organization type: non-profit or government organization located in and/or serving one or more of the counties designated for individual assistance as listed in the Texas Disaster Declaration.
  • Grant amount: up to $100,000 (the total project cost presented may be higher than $100,000 if other funding sources are identified or available)
  • Project timing: ability to commence project by July 2019 and expend funding within six months

Priority will be given to communities that have not yet received other sources of funding for their project, such as FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Organizations that have received a preparedness grant in June 2018 from the Rebuild Texas Fund are eligible to apply in this round for a different project.

Process

Applications will be processed in two rounds: pre-proposal and final proposal. The pre-proposal round requires applicants to answer high-level questions and provide basic details of their intended project. If invited to submit a final proposal, applicants will provide further details of their intended project.

Timeline

  • Friday February 1 – Launch of application for Pre-Proposals
  • Friday February 8 – Webinar for interested applicants
  • Monday February 18 – Deadline for Pre-Proposal submission
  • Monday March 4* – Notification to shortlisted applicants to prepare Full Proposal
  • Friday March 15 – Deadline for Full Proposal submission
  • Late April – Awards Announced

* Pre-proposal submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit pre-proposal applications sooner to ensure additional time to complete the full proposal, if selected.

How to Apply

  • Fill out the Pre-Proposal form below and hit ‘Submit’ once complete.
  • You will receive an automatic email notification confirming receipt of your application.
  • A PDF version of the Pre-Proposal form can be downloaded here.
  • Further details of the Pre-Proposal and Full Proposal can be downloaded here.
  • For more information or questions, please email [email protected].

FAQs

1. If my organization / entity received funding as part of the June 2018 preparedness grants, are we eligible to apply for this round of preparedness grants?

Yes, but please note the following:

  • The application must be for a new project – that is, funding in this round will not be provided for the same project that received funding in the June 2018 round.
  • Priority will be given to projects and communities that did not receive funding in the June 2018 preparedness round.

2. If my organization / entity applied for but did not receive funding as part of the June 2018 preparedness grants, are we eligible to apply for this round of preparedness grants?

Yes. Organizations / entities may submit a proposal for the project that did not receive funding in June 2018, or for a new project that aligns with the grant requirements.

Further Details on Proposals

Stage 1: Pre-Proposal (rebuildtx.org/prepare) – Closed

The pre-proposal form will require applicants to satisfy the following criteria:

  • Organization type: 501(c)(3) non-profit or government entity
  • Counties that project will serve: must directly serve at least one of the 41 impacted counties (those counties designated for individual assistance as listed in the Texas Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration)
  • Project type:
    • Generator / Power supply
    • Equipment (excl. preparedness kits)
    • Vehicles
    • Swift / rescue boats
    • Building modifications
  • Other funding sources: must not have already received FEMA / other federal state or funding for the project, or be in the process of receiving such funding
  • Project timing: ability to fully implement project by no later than November 2019
  • Beneficiaries: project serves mostly low-income residents (defined as less than 80% of area median income)
  • Grant amount: up to $100,000 (the total project cost presented may be higher than $100,000 if other funding sources are identified or available)

In addition, applicants must provide brief project details, including:

  • Problem statement: the need / problem that the organization and/or project is working to address
  • Project description: how the project will address the need/problem and how grant funds will be used
  • Project approvals: approvals (county, ISD, board) required to receive funds and undertake project
  • Expected project cost: how much the project is expected to cost

Stage 2: Full Proposal

If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants will be required to provide additional details on the Problem Statement, Project Description and expected Project Cost. Additional guidance will be provided to shortlisted applicants based on their pre-proposal submission. Applicants will need to provide project details, including:

  • Timeline for project implementation, including start and end dates, and milestones
  • Expected impact
  • Details on the major program costs and other funding sources or resources used for the project, with quotes for equipment and other items to evidence the cost estimate
  • Key personnel (who will be operating equipment, supervising construction, etc.)
  • Permits and licenses required to operate equipment or undertake building renovations