By awarding grants, Health and Human Services (HHS) 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 are required to provide periodic reports on their grant project's progress.

Common Types of Grants

There are 3 common grant types:

  • Project Grants are for a specific project or area of research. Project grants often are given to members of the science, education and technology communities.
  • Formula Grants are determined by pre-existing factors such as population, poverty level, taxes or housing density. Where a community or potential recipient falls on this formulaic spectrum indicates the amount of funds they are qualified to receive.
  • Block Grants generally are made up of smaller, categorical grants that are combined to make a larger grant that is given to recipients to use as they see fit. Block grants are a type of formula grant, and are often distributed to state or local governments for large-scale community projects and maintenance.

Grants Awarded by HHS

Abstinence Education Program (AEP)

The Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program provides sexual risk avoidance education curriculum and programs that emphasize a positive youth development approach to preventing adolescent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS through contracts with community based organizations and non-profits. Direct service contractors offer students in 5th-12th grade access to education classes and 20 hours of service learning opportunities. All program curricula are based on a sexual risk avoidance informed method that aims to empower youth to choose to delay sexual initiation.

Area Agencies on Aging

Grants for Supportive Services and Senior Centers

This federal grant, which is allocated to the 28 area agencies on aging, supports a comprehensive system of access to information and resources as well as assistance coordinating and arranging for services to people age 60 and older, as mandated under the Older Americans Act. The grant also supports a range of services that allow older individuals to 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, which is allocated to the 28 area agencies on aging, provides multifaceted 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 aging person or to a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder with neurological and organic brain dysfunction.
  • Grandparents or step-grandparents who are 55 or older who care for a child 18 or younger or an adult age 18-59 with a disability.

Nutrition Services

This federal grant, which is allocated to the 28 area agencies on aging, supports nutrition services including nutritious meals, nutrition education and other appropriate nutrition services for older Texans to help them maintain their health, independence and quality of life. Meals may be served in a congregate setting or delivered to the home, if the older individual is unable to leave their home. Meals must comply with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the Secretary of Agriculture. The meal provided serve each older individual a meal based on a minimum of 33 1/3 percent of the dietary reference intakes established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

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 provide applied behavioral analysis (ABA) 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

Community Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG)

This biennial federal block grant provides funding for comprehensive community mental health services through contracts with local mental health authorities (LMHAs) and local behavioral health authorities (LBHAs) across the state. MHBG funds are used to plan, implement and evaluate related activities. Adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances are prioritized for state-funded treatment services according to federal guidelines.

Disaster Response – Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CPP)

Upon a presidential disaster declaration, the state applies for federal grants, which are granted to LMHAs and/or LBHAs in the impacted service area(s). The grants provide short-term interventions to survivors experiencing psychological reactions as a result of the disaster. The grant funds support local and state efforts to:

  • Assist disaster survivors to understand their current situation and reactions
  • Mitigate additional stress
  • Promote the development of positive coping strategies
  • Provide emotional support and encourage linkages with other individuals, social service agencies and organizations that may help survivors recover to their pre-disaster level of functioning.

Additional grant funding may be available up to 9 months following a presidentially declared disaster. 

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

This annual federal grant provides funding aimed at reducing or eliminating homelessness for people with serious mental illnesses or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders (COPSD). The grant is specifically for people experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. ontracts with community organizations

State Youth Treatment – Implementation (SYT-I)

This 3-year federal grant provides funding to expand youth assessment, treatment and recovery services in 4 regions of the state, including 3 major metropolitan areas (Houston, San Antonio and Austin) and the underserved rural region of the Texas Panhandle. Services target youth age 12 to 18. The state will contract with provider agencies to engage in a collaborative model to offer high-quality assessment and treatment using the evidence-based Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) assessment, the 7 Challenges program model and recovery supports.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG)

This biennial federal block grant provides funding for comprehensive substance use disorder prevention, intervention and treatment services through contracts with community organizations across the state. SABG funds are used to plan, implement and evaluate related activities. A portion of the state’s allocation is required to be spent on primary prevention, tuberculosis services and early intervention services for HIV/AIDS. In addition, pregnant injecting drug users, pregnant women and intravenous drug users are prioritized for state-funded treatment services according to federal guidelines. 

Texas Targeted Opioid Response (TTOR)

This 2-year federal grant provides funding to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD). The state contracts with a variety of community organizations to:

  • Enhance outreach and education for the public
  • Provide training to enhance workforce
  • Target people at risk of developing OUDs, or experiencing potential overdose, while increasing access to enhanced recovery-oriented treatment.

Texas Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx)

This 5-year federal grant provides funding to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing prescription medications and collaborate with pharmaceutical and medical communities on:

  • The risks of overprescribing to young adults
  • Raise community awareness and bring prescription drug abuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, parents/guardians, and prescribers and their patients
  • Track reductions in opioid overdoses and the incorporation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program data into needs assessments and strategic plans as indicators of the program’s success.

Texas Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS)

This 5-year federal grant provides funding to implement evidence-based environmental strategies for prevention and to build sustainable prevention infrastructure. The state contracts with 8 community providers in high-need areas to address underage drinking as well as prescription drug misuse and abuse among young adults.  In addition, the funds support state efforts to enhance the availability and use of data in policy and program planning and decision-making.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS)

This 5-year federal grant funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides funding for breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostics, and patient navigation through contracts with a variety of providers across the state, including hospital districts, local health departments, Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers, and community-based organizations. In addition, the HHS-administered program provides cervical dysplasia treatment and Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer (MBCC) application assistance through state funds.

Early Childhood Intervention Services

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.

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 provide training and prevention support to various agencies.

Independent Living Services

Independent Living Program for People who are Blind

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

  • Accomplish everyday tasks
  • Participate in favorite activities
  • Communicate with family and friends
  • Gain a better understanding about their vision impairment
  • Get back confidence they may have lost

Independent Living Services General

The Independent Living Services (ILS) General program promotes self-sufficiency despite the presence of one or more significant disabilities.

Objectives of ILS include:

  • Living independently
  • Decreasing dependence on family members
  • Decreasing the need for attendant services
  • Decreasing the need for supervision in activities of daily living
  • Increasing a self-directed lifestyle
  • Improving ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Improving mobility
  • Improving communication
  • Improving personal/social adjustment

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Crisis Team Services

This state grant funds a pilot by local intellectual and developmental disability authorities for 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 in order to better support someone who was recently transitioned from a state supported living center during a time of crisis so that he or she can remain living in their home within our community.

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 provides funding for evidence-based nurse home visiting services to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development and reduce child abuse and neglect.

Title V Child Health and Dental (Title V CH&D)

The purpose of the Maternal and Child Health Services (MCH) Title V Block Grant is to create federal/state partnerships to develop service systems to meet MCH challenges for all women and children. Title V funding is used to address the following areas, including,

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

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

Texas Home Visiting Program

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