Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education (TRUE) Institutional Capacity Grants

Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education (TRUE) Institutional Capacity Grants aimed to accelerate the number of high value credential opportunities offered to students that was urgently needed for economic recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a future competitive workforce in Texas. This program closed on September 30, 2022.

This capacity building grant program reflected THECB’s response to the goals of SB 1102 established by the 87th Texas Legislature. The Texas Legislature required implementation upon legislative appropriation which did not occur until late 2021. Funding from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund was allocated to launch TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants in fall 2021.

Grants were competitively provided to lower division public institutions of higher education or consortia of these institutions that proposed a plan or the undertaking of the creation, expansion, or redesign of a postsecondary workforce credential program or programs in a growing occupational field. The credential programs proposed were shorter than six months in duration, industry-aligned and developed with the participation of key stakeholders such as other postsecondary lower-division institutions and workforce actors such as workforce and economic development boards or associations, industry representatives or employers.

Funding Source

TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants stem 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, in turn, originate 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.

Eligible Applicants

Only Texas public lower division institutions of higher education, including junior colleges, postsecondary technical schools, and public state colleges, or consortia of these public institutions, are eligible to apply for TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants. Consortia are defined as a collaborations or partnerships among multiple public lower division institutions of higher education.

Grant Application Information

Reskilling Grantees


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