Notice of Request for Proposals for public service agencies & nonprofits interested in applying for funds under the following grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

Consolidated Action Plan Year 2018-2019

Request for Proposals for Public Service Agencies & Nonprofits Interested in Applying for Funds under the Following Grant Programs:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Proposal Submission Deadline:
Friday, March 16, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
Local Time via Zoomgrarnts Software
No late proposals will be accepted.

The City of Fort Worth, Neighborhood Services Department is inviting nonprofit social services agencies to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for public service and architectural barrier removal programs that will provide benefits to eligible households. Funding awards made based on proposals submitted under this RFP will result in an annual contract dated from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019.

This RFP is to award Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds for 2018-2019. CDBG Proposals must be for programs that provide services to low- and moderate-income City of Fort Worth persons and households. ESG Proposals must address the needs of homeless individuals and families in the City of Fort Worth. HOPWA Proposals must address the needs of persons with HIV/AIDS living in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker, Wise, Hood or Somervell counties. The estimated funding amounts to be available for the 2018-19 Program Year are:

  • CDBG: $962,101
  • ESG: $527,279
  • HOPWA: $1,001,553

Applicants interested in submitting a proposal are required to attend one of three pre-proposal conferences held at the City Hall Annex Building, 908 Monroe St, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Fort Worth, TX, 76102 on:

  • February 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.
  • February 22, 2018 at 3 p.m.
  • February 23, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Proposals will not be considered for funding if the applicant does not attend one of the mandatory pre-proposal conferences.

Information about this Request for Proposals (RFP) is available at the City of Fort Worth’s Neighborhood Services Department webpage.

Please contact Eric Vodicka, Management Analyst, by email, or Katherine DuCasse at for questions regarding this RFP.

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Participate in the Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service

To guide Fort Worth toward becoming an even greater and more compassionate city, Mayor Betsy Price is encouraging individuals, civic groups, faith-based groups and others to get involved in the Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service, Jan. 27-Feb 4.

Residents can volunteer to give a day, or even an hour, to demonstrate tangible acts of compassion. Learn how the program works and register your volunteer opportunity.

“I am calling on families, business leaders, faith institutions, nonprofits, neighborhoods, schools and individuals from across Tarrant County to create, organize and initiate volunteer projects of your choice throughout that week,” Price said. “Everyone can do something!

“Let’s come together this month to serve and volunteer, helping those among us, inspiring others to action and serving as an example of compassion to other cities across our nation,” Price said.

During last year’s event, individuals and groups organized 105 activities to show compassion across the city. This year, the goal is at least 200 compassion activities.

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City forester receives honor for service

Fort Worth city forester Melinda Adams received the John South Spirit of Extension Award from Texas AgriLife Extension.

The award is in honor of retired county extension agent for agriculture and Texas A&M Regents Fellow John South and recognizes an individual who provides exemplary support and service of educational programs that enhance the quality of life for the people of Tarrant County.

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Utility service assistance available to Fort Worth residents

Utility service assistance is available to residents who need help with electric and gas bills to avoid utility service disruption. Fort Worth’s Community Action Partners program receives Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program funds, which make the assistance possible.

Applicants must provide proof of residence and household income along with a current utility bill. Income eligibility is 150 percent of federal poverty income guidelines:

  • Family unit of one: income below $18,090.
  • Family unit of two: income below $24,360.
  • Family unit of three: income below $30,630.
  • Family unit of four: income below $36,900.
  • Family unit of five: income below $43,170.
  • Family unit of six: income below $49,440.
  • Family unit of seven: income below $55,710.
  • Family unit of eight: income below $61,980.
  • For each additional person, add $6,270.

Apply online or download a mail-in application.

Community Action Partners is a division of the City of Fort Worth’s Neighborhood Services Department.

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New water main to service customers and cities in north Fort Worth

The city’s Water Department will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at O.A. Peterson Elementary School, 2000 Winter Hawk Drive, to discuss installation of a new water main along Heritage Trace Parkway from Harmon Road to Wagley Robertson Road.

This new water main will serve customers in north Fort Worth and residents in Keller, Southlake and Trophy Club.

Construction is scheduled to begin September 2017 and wrap up by late May 2019.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Robert Sauceda at 817-392-2387.

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Do due diligence before signing on with a service line warranty program

The Fort Worth Water Department is aware of at least four companies — Home Services USA, American Water Resources of Texas, Dominion and Utility Service Partners — that offer service line warranty programs. Some are contacting Water Department customers to offer their warranty program for a fee.

The warranty program is much like insurance. For a monthly fee, the company will cover certain qualified repairs for service lines. Service lines are only a portion of the private plumbing line. They are neither owned nor maintained by the city. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or failure in the service line. For water lines, customer responsibility begins at the customer side of the meter. For sewer lines, the customer’s responsibility begins at the property line.

The Water Department is not endorsing any of these companies because the service line is private plumbing. Like with any insurance or warranty program, individuals should do their due diligence to learn what is and is not covered and what exceptions apply in order to make the best decision for their situation.

To learn more, contact the Water Department at 817-392-4477.

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Duncanville Police Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Police Department is offering a Police Civil Service exam on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Individuals interested in a rewarding career in Law Enforcement are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam. The Duncanville Police Department has great opportunities in a variety of aspects of police work. If you are interested in a law enforcement career, submit an interest card by 3 pm on August 4, to be eligible for the exam on August 12. To fill out an interest card or for more information, visit Cops

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Delegation from Singapore Visits TCC’s Fire Service Training Center

Tarrant County College Northwest, Fire Service Training Center,
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 7

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 28, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host a delegation from Singapore on Friday, July 7. The delegation requested the visit as part of Singapore’s efforts to enhance training facilities for firefighters and paramedics.
The group from the Civil Defence Academy, part of the Singapore Civil Defence Force, will meet with the College’s faculty and staff and tour TCC’s training site at the Northwest Campus. The delegation will use the visit to assist in the design of a new training facility.
“We are pleased to welcome the Civil Defence Academy representatives and share our perspective on training first responders,” said Steve Keller, FSTC director. “We are fortunate to have outstanding facilities and resources, which serve as a model for training programs not just in Texas, but around the world.”
TCC is the region’s primary training facility for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting – with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings – along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
TCC holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of (or near) 100 percent. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters. For more information, visit the TCC website.

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Public Works Dept. Training Ensures Safety & Excellent Customer Service

The City of Southlake Public Works Department prides itself on customer service and occupational safety.

Not only do staff members work to respond quickly to any disruption in service or new service, but they always place a high priority on safety. Training plays a big role in their ability to perform their duties safely and efficiently. In fact, Director of Public Works Department, Rob Cohen, makes safety training a priority for his team. Director Cohen says, “We are continually seeking training opportunities to equip our employees so they can provide the highest level of customer service in the safest manner possible.”

This week more than 30 employees attended an on-site Confined Space Training course. The course is offered through the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), and includes a large on-site trailer for staffers to receive hands-on training. The course is designed to teach participants the proper procedures for entering a confined space, assist workers with entry and recovery, identify confined space hazards and hazardous atmospheres, and learn the proper use of ventilation systems.

The trailer is equipped to simulate wind, smoke, loud noises, darkness, and other associated dangers of working within tight spaces. Participants suited up in personal protective equipment and stepped through real world scenarios by using the TEEX Mobile Confined Space Safety Trailer. Director Cohen says, “Training courses like this allows our employees the opportunity to have real hands-on experience and be prepared for any critical situation. The TEEX training re-emphasizes the Public Works mantra of safety and teamwork; effectively and efficiently and safely solving problems.”

Each division deals with confined work areas on a daily basis. The unforgiving environment can be a large pipe, a Wastewater Lift station or excavated trench.  Work in this environment also occurs in any weather condition and at any time of the day or night.

Additional training for public works staff will include CPR and First Aid training as well as an Electrical Safety class.


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