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(a) Using available funds or private donations, the governor shall establish and administer an innovation grant program to award grants to support faith-based community programs that collaborate with the department and the commission to improve foster care and the placement of children in foster care.
(b) A faith-based community program is eligible for a grant under this section if:
(1) the effectiveness of the program is supported by empirical evidence; and
(2) the program has demonstrated the ability to build connections between faith-based, secular, and government stakeholders.
(c) The regional director for the department in the region where a grant recipient program is located, or the regional director's designee, shall serve as the liaison between the department and the program for collaborative purposes. For a program that operates in a larger region, the department may designate a liaison in each county where the program is operating. The department or the commission may not direct or manage the operation of the program.
(d) The initial duration of a grant under this section is two years. The governor may renew a grant awarded to a program under this section if funds are available and the governor determines that the program is successful.
(e) The governor may not award to a program grants under this section totaling more than $300,000.
(f) The governor shall adopt rules to implement the grant program created under this section.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Texas Family Code - FAM § 264.2044. Grants for Faith-Based Community Collaborative Programs - last updated April 14, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/family-code/fam-sect-264-2044.html
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