Funding Projects That Foster Economic Development

The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation’s initiatives, endeavors, programs, and incentives revolve around the human capital that’s within our community. These investments include small business development, retail development, entrepreneurship, and job creation projects that define the economic development role we plan to serve in order to make our community more competitive. We continue to expand our reach and supplement Brownsville’s economic forefront for the benefit of our most important stakeholders: the community of Brownsville, Texas.

Take the time to get to know your local Type B economic development organization,  apply for our relevant grants and incentives, and help be a part of the exciting future happening in Brownsville!

In Addition to our projects, grants and incentives, the BCIC can assist businesses and organizations with Federal & State Incentives including but not limited to:

  • Texas Enterprise Fund
  • Emerging Technology Program
  • Texas Enterprise Zone Program
  • Texas Capital Fund Infrastructure Program
  • Texas Capital Fund
  • Real Estate Development Program
  • State Sales and Use Tax Exemptions
  • Texas Industry Development Program
  • Texas Leverage Fund
  • Texas Economic Development Act
  • Historical Tax Credits
  • New Market Tax Credits
  • Texas PACE – Property Assessed Clean Energy Authority Program
  • Opportunity Zone
  • Tax Credit Technical Assistance
  • Ad Valorem or Property Tax Exemption
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Permit Assistance
  • Film Commission Incentive Program
  • Economic Development & Diversification In-State Tuition for Employees

Capital Project Grants

Capital Project Grants provide financial support for projects eligible for consideration under Texas Type B sales tax statutes that enhance the quality of life in Brownsville, Texas and foster economic development opportunities. Some examples include infrastructure improvements, community or recreational facilities, convention facilities, etc.. The BCIC opens applications for Capital Project funding twice a year and are subject to board and city commission approval.

Capital projects must fall under the following categories to be an eligible expenditure for “type b” economic development corporations:

+ Land Acquisition
+ Building Acquisition
+ Equipment
+ Facilities
+ Expenditures
+ Targeted Infrastructure
+ Capital Improvements
+ Professional & Amateur Sport and Athletic Facilities
+ Convention Facilities
+ Public Parks and Open Spaces Improvements
+ Tourism and Entertainment Facilities

All projects must foster economic development within city limits. Not all projects qualify and are subject to board approval. Upon board approval, a 60-day public comment period is triggered which will ultimately result in the approval by the city commission. For more information, contact Cori Peña at

Capital Project FY 2019 Guidelines

The purpose of the BCIC Capital Project Grants is to fund community facilities and related projects that will develop and expand the local economy.

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Capital Projects Information Session Presentation

Presentation provided to all those who attend BCIC’s info sessions concerning Capital Projects.

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BCIC's 3-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan

The BCIC 3-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan was adopted by the BCIC Board of Directors on May 15, 2017 to guide the organization’s direction and establish new objectives.

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From the Discover Brownsville campaign to the B.I.G. Grant program, we have never had so much help with our business thanks to BCIC.

Christian NavarroChef + Co-Owner, Terra's Bar & Grill