About The Program
The Special Projects Division was created to work with any special programs that arise for ATCOG that are not included in the other grant programs and to write grants for member cities, counties, school districts, fire departments, and other entities in our ten-county region. Below is a synopsis of some of the ongoing projects within ATCOG.
Hazard Mitigation Planning
For disasters declared after November 1, 2004, local governments must have a Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to remain eligible for project funding from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. ATCOG has prepared Local Mitigation Action Plans (MAPs) for each of the nine Texas counties. MAPs serve as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effect of natural hazards.
Texas Community Development Program
Northeast Regional Review Committee
The Office of Rural Affairs Texas Community Development Program is a multi-functional grant program that supplies funding for staff support of the Northeast Texas Regional Review Committee and funds technical assistance for communities with populations of less than 50,000 and to all ATCOG member counties.
The Northeast Texas Regional Review Committee is a twelve-member committee of local elected officials for the ATCOG nine county region, selected by Governor Rick Perry to rank annually Community Development Block Grant applications for water, sewer, and road repair. The nine-county ATCOG region receives on an average of $2,000,000 annually for the selected projects.
Technical Assistance Program
The technical assistance portion of the grant allows ATCOG staff to assist regional cities and counties with Community Development Block Grants, Disaster Relief/Urgent Need Fund and the Small Towns Environment Program. Through technical assistance, ATCOG serves as a Census Data Bank for the region. Census data is provided for the localities needing basic data to assist them in preparation of grant applications. ATCOG also sponsors workshops for localities regarding open records and open meetings laws, planning and zoning, economic development, etc.