Grants Awarded by HHS

Abstinence Education Program

The Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program provides sexual risk avoidance education curricula and programs that stress a positive youth development approach to preventing adolescent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS through contracts with community-based organizations and nonprofits. Direct service contractors offer students in fifth–12th grade access to education classes and 20 hours of service learning opportunities. All program curricula aim to empower youth to choose to delay having sex.

Autism Program

The Autism Program champions excellence in the delivery of services for families of children with autism. Services are provided through grant contracts with local community agencies and organizations that use applied behavioral analysis and other positive behavior support strategies. The program helps improve the quality of life for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Behavioral Health Services

Breast and Cervical Cancer Services

This five-year grant is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This HHS program funds breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostics and patient navigation through contracts with providers across the state, including hospital districts, local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers and community-based organizations. It also provides cervical dysplasia treatment and help with Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer applications through state funds.

COVID-19 in Healthcare Relief Grants (CHRG)

Senate Bill (S.B.) 8, 87th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, 2021, appropriates funds for grants to support healthcare providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money comes from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund (42 U.S.C. Section 802) established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. A117-2).

Pursuant to S.B. 8, the Health and Human Services Commission will administer one-time grants for:

  • Rural hospitals;
  • Nursing facilities; and
  • Assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community attendant providers, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities or related conditions (ICFs/IID).

For more information, click here.

Early Childhood Intervention Services

Early Childhood Intervention is a statewide program for families with children, from birth to 3 years old, with disabilities and developmental delays. The program supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Local agencies and organizations across Texas provide the services.

Family Violence Program

The Family Violence Program promotes self-sufficiency, safety and long-term independence from family violence for adult victims and their children. The program funds organizations across Texas to provide emergency shelter and support services to victims, educate the public and give training and prevention support to various agencies.

Fetal Remains Grant Program

To apply for funds, organizations should fill out the Fetal Remains Grant Program application (PDF) and email it to

Donations to the Fetal Remains Grant Program should be mailed to:

Accounts Receivables Tracking System (ARTS)
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
P.O. Box 149055
MC 1470
Austin, TX 78714-9055

Put account number "R5801" or "Fetal Remains Grant Program" in the memo section of the payment.

Physicians or health-care facilities, or their authorized agents, who want to learn more can visit the Burial or Cremation Assistance Registry page.

Independent Living Services

Independent Living Program for People Who Are Blind

The Independent Living Program for people who are blind helps clients get back control of their lives and the confidence needed to live independently. Successful independent living training can help clients:

  • Do everyday tasks.
  • Take part in their favorite activities.
  • Communicate with family and friends.
  • Gain a better understanding about their vision impairment.
  • Get back confidence they might have lost.

Independent Living Services General

The Independent Living Services General program promotes a person's self-sufficiency despite having one or more significant disabilities.

Goals include:

  • Living independently
  • Depending less on family members
  • Decreasing the need for attendant services
  • Decreasing the need for supervision of daily activities
  • Having more control of their lifestyle
  • Improving ability to do daily activities
  • Improving mobility
  • Improving communication
  • Improving personal/social adjustment

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Crisis Team Services

This state grant funds a pilot project by local intellectual and developmental disability authorities to create a behavioral intervention and crisis team for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The team will provide crisis intervention and immediate relief to a person or a provider to better support someone who was recently transitioned from a state supported living center during a crisis so that they can remain living in their home.

Nurse Family Partnership

The Nurse Family Partnership funds evidence-based nurse home-visiting services to improve pregnancy outcomes and child health and development, and reduce child abuse and neglect. Visit the Nurse Family Partnership website.

Title V Child Health and Dental

The Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant creates federal and state partnerships to develop service systems to meet health challenges for all women and children. Title V funding is used for the following areas:

  1. Significantly reducing infant mortality
  2. Providing complete care for women before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth
  3. Providing preventive and primary care services for infants, children and adolescents
  4. Providing complete care for children and adolescents with special health-care needs

Systems of care are designed to be centered on the family, complete, coordinated and community-based.

Texas Home Visiting Program

The Texas Home Visiting Program provides funding for evidence-based home visiting programs in targeted communities. The program goals are to enhance local comprehensive early childhood systems that promote child health, safety and development and to support strong relationships between parent and child.