The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) manages grant opportunities for HHSC, Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS).

Find active grant opportunities on the HHS Request for Applications page

What is a Grant?

According to, “A grant is a way the government funds your ideas and projects to provide public services and stimulate the economy. Grants support critical recovery initiatives, innovative research, and many other programs.” We offer grants for:

  • Behavioral Health Services;
  • Health, Developmental, and Independence Services; and
  • Access and Eligibility Services, among others.

To see grants we have previously awarded, visit the HHS Request for Applications page.

Who can apply for a grant?

Each grant will have its own eligibility requirements. Generally, applicants for grants must be a non-profit or governmental entity. But some grants allow for-profit entities to apply.

What do you need in order to apply?

  • TIN: Applicants must have a Texas Identification Number (TIN) to apply for a grant. If your organization does not have a TIN, visit the Texas Comptroller site for more information.
  • UEI: Applicants must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) issued by the federal government if you are applying for any federally funded grant offered by HHS. If your organization does not have a UEI, visit to learn how to get one.
  • Experience: Each RFA has its own eligibility requirements. Each RFA also has the criteria used to score applications. RFAs are competitive. Not all applicants will receive a grant award. Be sure to read the RFA and the scoring criteria closely.

How will I know when HHS posts new grant opportunities?

HHS does not have a notification system at this time. Whether you are an existing grantee or interested in becoming one, you will need to check the HHS Request for Applications page for the latest grant opportunities.

Resources to Help You

Learn more about State of Texas Grants

Learn more about Federal Grants