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: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/business/index.html
Volunteer site: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/volunteer/index.cfm
Department of Agriculture
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Department of Family and Protective Services
Introduction to funding opportunities: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/PCS/opportunities.asp
Letter to faith-based partners: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Adoption_and_Foster_Care/CHILD/letter.asp
Giving Texas Children Promise (previously named Greater Texas Community Partners: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Protection/About_Child_Protective_Services/partners.asp
Prevention and Early Intervention: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/About_Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/programs.asp
Volunteer DFPS: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/volunteer/
Department of Information Resources
Department of State Health Services
Health and Human Services Commission
Computer Partner Program: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/hhsc_projects/cpp/index.shtml
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kimberly.email@example.com 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
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Texas Department of Insurance
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
General TJJD Information www.tjjd.texas.gov
Volunteering with TJJD For general information about becoming a volunteer or offering a special volunteer program, contact Tammy Holland at (512) 424-6090 or go to http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/programs/volunteers.aspx
Contracting with TJJD To see posted opportunities for contracting with TJJD, click here. Unsolicited contract proposals can be emailed to Ken Ming at Kenneth.I.Ming@tjjd.texas.gov with a full description of your organization and your interest in contracting services. You can also contact Ken directly at (512) 424-6261.
Texas Veterans Commission
Texas Workforce Commission