Apply for Mini-Grants for TX Census Outreach

Ensuring a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census in Texas
Request for Proposals
Deadline to Submit: October 28th at 5 pm CST


Texans Care for Children and the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) are working to encourage and support local Census outreach efforts in key communities by awarding $5,000 mini-grants to four non-profit, community organizations, or local governmental agencies in Texas representing communities of color, children-serving organizations, immigrant populations and others. The applicant should plan to actively participate in efforts that will ensure an accurate count in the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau has identified many hard-to-count areas and populations, including young children, immigrant communities and communities of color. This funding opportunity is focused on supporting a full and accurate count of young children, immigrant communities, and/or communities of color.


Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and local governmental agencies in Texas may apply.

Applicants should have a strong track record of providing quality programs that directly engage and educate families and a deep understanding of and history of involvement with the populations the proposed project aims to reach. 

Priority will be given to the following applicants: non-profit center-based child care, Head Start, pre-k, home visiting, early intervention, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offices, foster care agencies, immigrants rights organizations, organizations representing communities of color and other programs working directly and regularly with families in Texas.

Project proposals may include:

  • Developing partnerships with public agencies, child care and other service providers, schools, health care centers, local businesses, faith-based groups, and other entities to plan a comprehensive census outreach campaign specifically targeting the hard-to-count areas and populations above.

  • Organize or participate in events or workshops for hard-to-count populations and areas to promote participation in the 2020 Census, share what is at risk and why it is important to participate, and provide information about filling out the census form.

  • Establish community sites to provide information and assistance accessing technology.

  • Provide technical assistance for nonprofit organizations that are encouraging communities to complete the census form, including language translation, internet access, and other accessibility accommodations.

  • Convene Community Complete Count groups or participate in state or local complete count working groups specifically related to the hard-to-count populations and areas above.

  • Support collaborations with and between local community groups to engage in outreach. 

  • Conduct targeted localized communications efforts (flyers, radio spots, social media post, among others).

  • Secure support of elected officials and municipalities.

  • Other activities determined by applicant to improve participation in the 2020 Census, with a specific focus on hard to count populations and areas listed above.

Funding Amounts and Timeline

Four (4) $5,000 mini-grants will be awarded statewide. Funding must be used between December 2019 and June 2020.

Deadline: Monday, October 28th at 5 pm CST

Reporting Requirements

  • One-hour webinar in December 2019 to introduce awardees to one another.

  • Brief check-in call with each awardee in February.

  • Submit answers to the following questions by June 30, 2020.

    • Describe how the funds were used. (200 words or less)

    • Estimate the number of people you were able to educate and/or inform about the Census with this mini-grant.

  • Grantees will not be required to provide accounting for awarded funds.

Resources Provided to Awardees

Texans Care for Children and CPPP will help to connect you with existing reputable, high-quality resources and can assist with tailoring resources to your local hard-to-count population and/or area.

Timeline and Next Steps

  • You will receive email confirmation of submission.

  • Awardees will be notified by Friday, November 8th.

Questions? Please contact Katie Mitten at [email protected]