Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value Grant Program

The Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value (“Accelerating Credentials”) Grant Program supported the development or expansion of short-term, industry-recognized postsecondary credentials the incorporated skills and knowledge required by high-demand careers. Public two and four-year institutions of higher education and public health-related institutions were eligible for grants through this program. This program closed on September 30, 2022.

Projects funded by Accelerating Credentials will focus on three fields:


Digital skills, including programming, web and applications development, digital project management, and cybersecurity programs;


Data analytics including data analysis and visualization; and


Front-line healthcare programs including nursing, medical specialist, and technician programs.

The credential programs were required to be 12 months or less in duration and could be embedded into existing curricular pathways to degrees or delivered as stand-alone diploma or certificate programs.

Funding Source

Funding was provided to eligible applicants on a competitive basis. Accelerating Credentials Grants stemmed from the allocation of $94.6 million provided to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief (GEER) Fund. GEER dollars originated from the U.S. Department of Education’s administration of the Education Stabilization Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The CARES Act (HR 748/S 3548 of the 116th Congress) was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Grant Documents and Information


Inquiries and communication concerning the Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value Grant Program should be sent to Program Staff.

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