Governor Abbott announces more than $355M in public safety grants

'Texas continues working to improve and enhance the safety of our communities'

AUSTIN, Texas – On Thursday, Nov. 10, Governor Greg Abbott announced that his Public Safety Office (PSO) will administer over $355 million in grant funding for a variety of public safety programs and services in Texas. These programs and service will include victims services, anti-human trafficking efforts and law enforcement support. A combination of federal and state dollars will make this grant funding possible.

Governor Abbott released the following statement

“Texas continues working to improve and enhance the safety of our communities through comprehensive programs and services that help keep Texans safe,” said Governor Abbott. “This crucial grant funding will further bolster organizations and agencies as they work around the clock to ensure justice for victims of crime, protect against threats, prevent human trafficking, and support statewide emergency infrastructure, among other critical public safety initiatives. Working together, we are creating a safer future for all Texans.”

To learn more about the grants that will be released, click here.

According to the Office of the Texas Governor, the Governor’s PSO administers numerous state and federal grant programs in coordination with state-level and regional partner agencies. These agencies include the 24 regional Councils of Governments in Texas and the Urban Area Working Groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Houston and San Antonio. Any entities interested in seeking funds to support their public safety initiatives during the next grant cycle (FY 2024) should reach out to their local COG to learn more about region specific timelines and requirements.

You can learn more about funding opportunity announcements including program purposes, descriptions of allowable activities, timelines and other requirements here.

The Office of the Texas Governor provided the above information.