Formula Grants

The Commission's formula-based grants have benefited all 254 counties throughout Texas to help local officials ensure that poor persons accused of crime are treated fairly and in accordance with the rule of law.

FY 2020 Formula Grant Program RFA, published September 2019.


Formula Grant award amounts are determined based upon a county's percentage of state population and percentage of state indigent defense expenses multiplied by the Commission's budgeted amount for formula grants. Counties must meet minimum spending requirements and maintain a countywide indigent defense plan that complies with statutes and standards to qualify for Formula Grant funds.

Details about eligibility requirements, due dates, as well as application instructions are provided each year in the Request for Applications (RFA), which is typically published and distributed in September. Formula Grant Application due dates can vary but are usually between mid-November and mid-December.  

RFA Archive

Discretionary Grants