The application process is underway for the first round of funds available for eligible mitigation projects to protect Texas communities hit by Hurricane Harvey and severe flooding in 2015 and 2016. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) will administer the funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program.
The three programs from the CDBG-MIT Action Plan include:
- 2015 Floods State Mitigation Competition – $46 million available for cities, counties, Indian tribes and councils of governments.
- 2016 Floods State Mitigation Competition – $147.6 million available for cities, counties, Indian tribes and councils of governments.
- Hurricane Harvey State Mitigation Competition Round 1 – $1 billion available and open to cities, counties, councils of governments, state entities and special purpose districts.
Applications must be completed through the GLO portal at recovery.texas.gov/mitigation. Information on the use of the funds, programs, eligible applicants and eligibility criteria can be found on the same webpage. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 28. For information on the content of this article, email Aurora Flores.