Partnering with State Agencies

Partnering with state agencies can be a mysterious and frustrating process for many faith-based and community organizations. Some individuals may want to support citizens in need by volunteering through a state agency.  Finding the right entry point to state programs that need volunteers is often a challenge.  Other organizations may wish to provide services through a memorandum of understanding or a memorandum of agreement with no exchange of funds.  And many choose to answer a request for proposals (RFP) to compete for state funding to provide services to citizens in need.

State agencies are funded through legislation that is tied to specific services (for example Summer Food Programs or Domestic Violence Services).  The state budget through the legislative process allocates funding to each agency so they can provide those specific services. State agencies often contract with or enter into both monetary and non-monetary agreements with nonprofit and for-profit entities to get this work accomplished on the state’s behalf.  State agencies seldom accept unsolicited proposals no matter how innovative or passionate you may be about your desire to serve your community.

If you are not sure working with the state is right for your ministry or organization you can find some guidance here about protections for the state, for the clients you serve and for your ministry.   

To learn more about business opportunities with the state please read the "Contracting with the State" Frequently Asked Questions.

Click on the links below to explore opportunities for partnering with the state:

Department of Aging and Disability Service

Doing business with DADS

Volunteer site

Department of Agriculture

http://www.squaremeals.org/FampNResources/FundingGrants.aspx

http://www.texasagriculture.gov/GrantsServices/GrantsandServices.aspx

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/business/grants.shtml

Department of Family and Protective Services

Introduction to funding opportunities

Letter to faith-based partners

Giving Texas Children Promise (previously named Greater Texas Community Partners       

Prevention and Early Intervention    

Volunteer DFPS

Department of Information Resources

http://www.dir.state.tx.us/ict/overview/Pages/customereligibility.aspx

Department of State Health Services

Health and Human Services Commission

Computer Partner Program    

Office of Secretary of State

Office of State-Federal Relations

Office of the Attorney General

Institution of Higher Education

Office of the Comptroller

Office of the Governor

Public Utility Commission of Texas

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) was established by the Texas Legislature in 1975 and given regulatory oversight over electric and telecommunications utilities in the state. The mission of the PUC is to protect customers, foster competition, and promote high quality infrastructure. The governing legislation for the PUC is the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA) (Utilities Code, Title 2). Changes to PURA have resulted in significant restructuring of the electric and telecommunications markets in Texas, particularly during the last decade. Since these changes can make it confusing for customers to navigate the deregulated market, the PUC is dedicated to offering educational materials to the public. We have fact sheets on a variety of topics available on the agency’s main website (www.puc.texas.gov) as well as educational handouts about our Powertochoose.org website. Additionally, PUC staff is available to teach train-the-trainer workshops for faith based and community organizations who serve clients of all socio-economic backgrounds living in deregulated parts of the state. Please contact henry.garza@puc.texas.gov or Kimberly.gilbertson@puc.texas.gov for further information or to request materials or schedule a train-the-trainer session.

Texas State Commission on National and Community Service

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Contracts

Grants

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

http://tdcj.state.tx.us/divisions/rpd/rpd_volunteer.html

http://tdcj.state.tx.us/

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/nofa.htm

http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/ home page

Help for Texans

Programs Overview

Texas Department of Insurance

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Juvenile Justice Department

General TJJD Information

Volunteering & Partnering with TJJD:  For information about becoming a volunteer or offering a special volunteer program, contact Tammy Holland at (512) 490-7090 or visit here.

Contracting with TJJD:  To see posted opportunities for contracting with TJJD, visit here.  Unsolicited contract proposals can be emailed to Patrick McReynolds at Patrick.McReynolds@tjjd.texas.gov with a full description of your organization and your interest in contracting services. You can also contact Patrick directly at (512) 490-7265. 

Texas Veterans Commission

Texas Workforce Commission

             Opportunities to partner with Texas Workforce, OneStar Foundation & Federal Level

             Doing Business with Texas Workforce

Workforce Solutions Marketplace Web page

Faith-based and community organizations may partner with Workforce Development Boards or the Texas Workforce Commission to provide employment-related services.  Procurement opportunities are listed on the Workforce Solutions Marketplace web page. These are frequently updated. Visit Workforce Solutions Marketplace often to learn about current procurement opportunities.