By awarding grants, Texas Health and Human Services makes it possible for program areas and contracted providers to pursue new projects and carry out program services and supports that are aligned with the agency’s mission and goals.

What is a Grant?

A grant is a financial award given by a federal, state or local government agency that is not expected to be repaid by the recipient. Most often there is an application process and most recipients must provide reports from time to time on their grant project's progress.

Common Types of Grants

There are three common grants:

  • Project grants are for a specific project or area of research. They are often given to members of the science, education and technology communities.
  • Formula grants are awarded based on factors that already exist such as population, poverty level, taxes or housing density. Where a community or potential recipient falls on these factors decides the amount of funds they can receive.
  • Block grants tend to be made up of smaller, categorical grants that are combined to make a larger grant. This larger grant is given to recipients to use as they see fit. Block grants are a type of formula grant and are often given to state or local governments for large-scale community projects and maintenance.

Grant Technical Assistance Guide

The Grant Technical Assistance Guide (PDF) offers guidance on financial administration topics to clarify the applicable laws, rules and regulations including HHS policy and procedures pertaining to the administration and financial management of HHS grant awards. It presents a summary of the financial management principles and includes explanatory examples to portray possible applications of the guidance.

Grants Awarded by HHS

Abstinence Education Program

The Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program provides sexual risk avoidance education curricula and programs that stress a positive youth development approach to preventing adolescent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS through contracts with community-based organizations and nonprofits. Direct service contractors offer students in fifth–12th grade access to education classes and 20 hours of service learning opportunities. All program curricula aim to empower youth to choose to delay having sex.

Area Agencies on Aging

Grants for Supportive Services and Senior Centers

This federal grant, which is divided between 28 area agencies on aging, supports a complete system of access to information and resources as well as help with coordinating and arranging services for people 60 and older, as ordered under the Older Americans Act. The grant also supports a range of services that let older adults lead independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities, for as long as they are able.

National Family Caregiver Support Program

This federal grant is given to the 28 area agencies on aging to provide various systems of support services for:

  • Family caregivers, who are defined as an adult family member or other person who informally provides in-home and community care to an older adult or a person with Alzheimer's disease or related disorder with neurological and organic brain dysfunction.
  • Grandparents or step-grandparents who are 55 or older and care for a child 18 or younger or an adult age 18–59 with a disability.

Nutrition Services

Given to the 28 area agencies on aging, this federal grant supports nutrition services, including meals and education, for older Texans to help them keep up their health, independence and quality of life. Meals can be served in a group setting or delivered to the home, if the older adult is unable to leave their home. Meals must meet the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Each meal must be based on a minimum of 33 1/3 percent of the dietary reference intakes established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Autism Program

The Autism Program champions excellence in the delivery of services for families of children with autism. Services are provided through grant contracts with local community agencies and organizations that use applied behavioral analysis and other positive behavior support strategies. The program helps improve the quality of life for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Behavioral Health Services

Breast and Cervical Cancer Services

This five-year grant is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This HHS program funds breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostics and patient navigation through contracts with providers across the state, including hospital districts, local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers and community-based organizations. It also provides cervical dysplasia treatment and help with Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer applications through state funds.

Early Childhood Intervention Services

Early Childhood Intervention is a statewide program for families with children, from birth to 3 years old, with disabilities and developmental delays. The program supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Local agencies and organizations across Texas provide the services.

Family Violence Program

The Family Violence Program promotes self-sufficiency, safety and long-term independence from family violence for adult victims and their children. The program funds organizations across Texas to provide emergency shelter and support services to victims, educate the public and give training and prevention support to various agencies.

Fetal Remains Grant Program

The Fetal Remains Grant Program will provide financial help for costs related to disposal of embryonic and fetal tissue remains. Senate Bill 8, 85th Legislature, 2017, directed HHS to build a grant program that uses private donations for these costs.
To apply for funds, organizations should fill out the Fetal Remains Grant Program application (PDF) and email it to FetalRemainsGrantProgram@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Donations to the Fetal Remains Grant Program should be mailed to:

Accounts Receivables Tracking System (ARTS)
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
P.O. Box 149055
MC 1470
Austin, TX 78714-9055


Put account number "R5801" or "Fetal Remains Grant Program" in the memo section of the payment.


Physicians or health-care facilities, or their authorized agents, who want to learn more can visit the Burial or Cremation Assistance Registry page.

Independent Living Services

Independent Living Program for People Who Are Blind

The Independent Living Program for people who are blind helps clients get back control of their lives and the confidence needed to live independently. Successful independent living training can help clients:

  • Do everyday tasks.
  • Take part in their favorite activities.
  • Communicate with family and friends.
  • Gain a better understanding about their vision impairment.
  • Get back confidence they might have lost.

Independent Living Services General

The Independent Living Services General program promotes a person's self-sufficiency despite having one or more significant disabilities.
Goals include:

  • Living independently
  • Depending less on family members
  • Decreasing the need for attendant services
  • Decreasing the need for supervision of daily activities
  • Having more control of their lifestyle
  • Improving ability to do daily activities
  • Improving mobility
  • Improving communication
  • Improving personal/social adjustment

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Crisis Team Services

This state grant funds a pilot project by local intellectual and developmental disability authorities to create a behavioral intervention and crisis team for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The team will provide crisis intervention and immediate relief to a person or a provider to better support someone who was recently transitioned from a state supported living center during a crisis so that they can remain living in their home.

Local Health Information Exchange Grants

The Local Health Information Exchange Grant Program provides funding to create collaboration and coordination infrastructure for health information policy and technology at local and regional levels.

Nurse Family Partnership

The Nurse Family Partnership funds evidence-based nurse home-visiting services to improve pregnancy outcomes and child health and development, and reduce child abuse and neglect. Visit the Nurse Family Partnership website.

Title V Child Health and Dental

The Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant creates federal and state partnerships to develop service systems to meet health challenges for all women and children. Title V funding is used for the following areas:

  1. Significantly reducing infant mortality
  2. Providing complete care for women before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth
  3. Providing preventive and primary care services for infants, children and adolescents
  4. Providing complete care for children and adolescents with special health-care needs

Systems of care are designed to be centered on the family, complete, coordinated and community-based.

Texas Home Visiting Program

The Texas Home Visiting Program provides funding for evidence-based home visiting programs in targeted communities. The program goals are to enhance local comprehensive early childhood systems that promote child health, safety and development and to support strong relationships between parent and child.