City Human Services Grants


Applications are due July 29.
2023 HSAB Application

When: Jun 30, 2022 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

See the workshop presentation here
View the workshop recording here

Human Services Advisory Board Meeting on June 16 

Agenda for June 16 Meeting

Announcement: Human Services Grant Funding Awarded by City Council!

Click here for the City Council’s decision on awards of funding.

Click here for the board's final recommendations.



Bobcat Pride: Jeremy O Torres Emergency Fund

Court Appointed Special Advocates: Advocacy for Backlogged Child Protection Cases

Cenikor Foundation: Prevention of Substance Use, and Youth Recovery Community

Central Texas Dispute Resolution Center: A Secret No More

The Family Justice Center: Therapeutic Educational Library (TEL)

First Baptist Church NBC: Outreach Ministry

First Baptist San Marcos: Mission Able

Hays County Food Bank: Public Food Distribution, TUF Bag Program

Hands of Hope: HOH Program

Hays County Child Protective Board: HCCP Board

Hays County Women's Center: Non-Residential Family Violence Program, Roxanne's House, Sexual Assault & Abuse Program, and Marla Johnson Transitional Housing Program

Homeless Outreach, Mitigation, and Emergency Center: Hotels and More

Minorities for Equality in Economy, Education, Liberty, and Justice: Iron Sharpens Iron

Nosotros La Gente: "Viva Zapatos" Shoe Drive

Pet Prevent A Litter of Central Texas: PALS, Helping Underserved People for a Healthy Community

The Salvation Army San Marcos & Hays County: Emergency Assistance

School Fuel: Weekend Food for Hungry SMCISD children

Seek Institute: Community Wellness Institute

Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas: San Marcos Senior Citizen Center

SMCISD School Age Parenting Program: Follow-up Program

San Marcos Housing Authority: SMHA Resident Services - Service Coordination

Southside Community Center: Transitional Shelter, Specific Assistance Program, and Housing Rehabilitation Program

Splash Co-working: Future Proof Your Career

United Way of Hays and Caldwell Counties & Start Smart Hays & Caldwell Coalition: Born Learning

The WillThrive Foundation: WillThrive Mental Health Services for San Marcos Youth

Greater San Marcos Youth Council: The Children's Shelter, Family and Youth Success Program, and Teen Network/Active Community Teens


The Board currently meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm. Please click on an agenda below for more information on topics and how to participate.


Click here to view agendas


June 16, 2022 Minutes Video

March 3, 2022 Minutes Video

February 22, 2022 Minutes Video

February 15, 2022 Minutes Video

November 16, 2021 Minutes Video

November 9, 2021 Minutes Video

November 2, 2021 Minutes Video

October 26, 2021 Minutes Video

October 19, 2021 Minutes Video

October 12, 2021 Minutes Video

October 5, 2021  Minutes Video

September 28, 2021 Minutes Video

September 21, 2021 Minutes Video

September 14, 2021 Minutes Video

September 7, 2021 Minutes Video

August 31, 2021 Minutes Video


The City of San Marcos Human Services Advisory Board is currently reviewing applications from human services agencies, which are defined as organizations that seek to improve the quality of their clients’ lives by providing, facilitating, or recommending support for an array of basic, social, physical health, housing, and mental health services to clients in need within the community.

This year, the City has allocated $999,120 for human services grants. $150,000 of the funding may be restricted to programs that respond directly to effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

An optional applicant workshop was held Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 2:00 pm. This will be a virtual meeting. A link to the meeting will be provided on this page on the day of the meeting, and will enable all attendees to participate and ask questions. Spanish translation will be available.

Click here for the Notice of Funding Availability

Click here for the Applicant Workshop presentation

Click here for an American Rescue Plan Quick Reference

For more information, email or call Carol Griffith at 512.393.8147. 

 Applicant Workshop Link

.Click here for the August 12, 2021 workshop recording

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by the Human Services Advisory Board based on, but not necessarily limited to the following criteria. The Board makes a recommendation to the City Council, which decides the final allocation of funding.

1. Community Need and Justification: Maximum of 25 Points

The program will be evaluated on the documentation and justification of the need for the activity in the City of San Marcos. 

2. Impact and Cost Effectiveness: Maximum of 25 Points

The program will be evaluated on:

  • amount of overhead compared to program costs
  • impact on the identified need
  • implementation costs compared to impact
  • use of available resources (financial, staff, volunteer)
  • leveraged resources from other funding sources.

3. Implementation: Maximum of 25 Points

The program will be evaluated on the following factors:

  • The application demonstrates that resources needed to manage the proposed activity are available and ready.
  • Applicant has clearly defined objectives focusing on results and measurable outcomes vs. only program activities descriptions and numbers served. 
  • NOTE: In future years, this item will include an evaluation of past performance of programs funded by Human Services funding.

4. Community Support: Maximum of 25 Points

The program will be evaluated on the following factors:

  • A minimum of three and maximum of five letters of reference are provided that indicate strong local support for the program and the agency’s ability to implement it as described in the application.
  • Evidence that volunteers play a vital role in the program or agency’s operation.
  • Evidence that board members are actively involved in and supportive of the agency

 La asistencia está disponible en español; por favor llama Lorena Escobar 512-805-2644,