The Office of Sustainability and Grants coordinates and administers Federal, State, and private grant funds received by the City of Temple. Since 2009, the city has received over $12,000,000 in grant funds for various programs and projects that enhance the city’s ability to provide services and activities not otherwise available. The city actively seeks external funds as leverage for activities that are determined to further core city functions in the best interest of the community.

Recent Grant Funding

The city participates in both entitlement and competitive grants and has recently received grant funding from:
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Governor’s Division of Emergency Management
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
  • Federal Aviation Administration,
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • National Safe Routes to School
  • Railroad Commission of Texas
  • State Energy Conservation Office
  • Plus other Foundations and Agencies.
Recent Grant Funded Projects
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a Federal program within the purview of Housing and Urban Development that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of community development needs.
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The City of Temple is classified by HUD as an Entitlement Community. As such, the city is allocated annual grant funding to maintain and develop community services for city residents. The city uses the CDBG funds for projects that support access to decent housing, suitable living environments and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. From 2010 to 2014, the city has used CDBG funding to:
  • Create pedestrian friendly and safer streetscapes along 1st Street between Avenue M and F
  • To demolish more than 30 blighted structures
  • To rehabilitate more than a dozen private residences for handicap accessibility
  • Create or enhance Public Parks with greater resources for the community
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  • In partnership with non-profits, provided services to almost 1,500 low and moderate income person through access to child care for working families, workforce readiness training, meals for the elderly and disabled, and assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Partners include many homeowners, public services agencies, city department staff and many local businesses.

Bend O' the River Master Plan

In 2015, the City received $150,000 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to develop a Master Plan (and clean-up implementation plan) that has a focus on community engagement and education for improved health outcomes at the Bend of the River Brownfield site. This transformative project will result in the creation of a Botanical Garden, which will be a vibrant community asset that will drive environmental, social and economic justice through remediation and development.

CNG Station

In December 2012, the city initiated the process of converting part of our Solid Waste fleet to operate on compressed natural gas (CNG). To cover the incremental cost difference between 14 CNG-powered trucks and diesel-powered trucks, the city applied for funding from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Railroad Commission and the State Energy Conservation Office. The city received funds from all agencies, totaling $662,184 in grant funds, of which the city will be reimbursed for $550,272 in project costs. CNG-powered Solid Waste trucks have saved the city $10,000 in fuel costs monthly, per vehicle.
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Surface Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP)
In 2010, the city was awarded $2.155 million in funding from the Texas Department of Transportation as part of their Surface Transportation Enhancement program. The total project cost is $2.75 million and includes an approximately 3,000-foot-long, 10-foot wide pedestrian and bicycle trail, lighting, median improvements, landscaping and streetscape as part of the critical interconnected network of trails within the Temple Medical and Education District (TMED).
The linear trail on South 5thStreet provides multi-modal connectivity between multiple entities including Scott and White Hospital, Temple College, the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System, Temple Bioscience District, and A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Expected completion for this project is spring 2014.
Safe Routes to School
In 2010, the city was the recipient of 2 Safe Routes to School Grants from the Texas Department of Transportation. These grants allowed the city to construct more than 1 ½ miles of 10-foot wide, off-street pedestrian and bicycle trails. These funds were made possible through the Federal Safe Routes to School program. Objectives of the program were to enable and encourage children in grades K - 8 to walk and bike to school, as well as to make these modes of transportation safer and a more appealing alternative, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. Approximately $602,000 was awarded for trail improvements at Lakewood Elementary School and $605,000 for improvements at Bonham Middle School. This project was completed fall 2013.