AUTO BURGLARY AND THEFT GRANTS
The Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (the Authority) is soliciting applications for grants to combat automobile theft and burglary in Texas. The grant cycle will begin on September 1, 2013. Cities may apply for the grants but must follow certain procedures to be eligible.
The Authority was established by the Texas Legislature in 1991, when it was known simply as the Automobile Theft Prevention Authority. In 2007, the legislature added automobile burglary to the Authority’s mission. Today, the Authority is charged with assessing the automobile burglary and theft problems in Texas and providing financial support to combat those problems.
Funds for that financial support come from a fee on automobile insurance policies. Each insurer is required to pay a fee based on the total number of vehicle years of insurance. Beginning in 1991, that fee was one dollar per vehicle year. In 2011, however, the legislature increased the fee to two dollars but provided that only 50 percent of the fee would go to the Authority. Since 1991, the Authority has funded and managed 570 grants totaling nearly $239 million.
Application for Grants
On October 22, 2012, the Authority announced its solicitation of applications for grants for the grant cycle beginning on September 1, 2013. The following types of projects are eligible:
- Law Enforcement/Detection/Apprehension Projects
- Prosecution/Adjudication/Conviction Projects
- Prevention/Anti-Theft Devices and Vehicle Registration Projects
- Reduction of Sale of Stolen Vehicles or Parts Project
- Public Awareness/Crime Prevention/Education Projects
Eligible applicants include state agencies, general-purpose units of local governments, school districts, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations.
A mandatory workshop for all applications will be held on January 28-30, 2013, in Austin. The application deadline will be Friday, May 3, 2013. Further information is available at www.txwatchyourcar.com or by contacting Charles Caldwell, the Authority’s director, at 512- 374-5101.