The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have
the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) Direct award - The award of a grant without first soliciting
competitive proposals or applications.
(2) Grant - The award of financial assistance, including
cooperative agreements, in the form of money, property in lieu of money, or
other financial assistance paid or furnished by the state or federal government
to carry out a program in accordance with rules, regulations, and guidance
provided by the grantor agency. The term does not include technical assistance
which provides services instead of money, or other assistance in the form
of revenue sharing, loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies, insurance,
or direct appropriations. Also, the term does not include assistance, such
as a fellowship or other lump sum award, for which the grantee is not required
(3) Local government - A county, municipality, city, town,
township, local public authority (including any public and Indian housing
agency under the United States Housing Act of 1937), school district, special
district, intrastate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated
as a nonprofit corporation under state law), any other regional or interstate
government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.
(4) Pass-through grant - An award of financial assistance
made by the agency to an eligible entity using federal grant funds. The term
includes financial assistance when provided by contractual legal agreement,
but does not include any form of assistance which is excluded from the definition
of "grant" as defined in this section.
(5) Political subdivision - A political subdivision as
that term is used in Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, Interlocal Cooperation
(6) UGMS - The publication titled
Uniform Grant Management Standards , promulgated by the Governor's Office
of Budget and Planning in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 783,
Uniform Grant and Contract Management, as amended February 12, 1999.