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Improvement Grants help counties develop new programs or processes to improve indigent defense. Improvement Grants are competitive, dependent on available funding, and usually require county matching funds. Funding priorities include the following:

  • New public defender offices
  • New managed assigned counsel systems
  • Mental health, juvenile, or other specialty defender offices
  • Indigent defense coordinators

Interested counties should contact TIDC staff to explore ideas to improve indigent defense.

TIDC Announces Indigent Defense Grant Opportunities

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) has issued the FY25 Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA) for programs that improve indigent defense services in Texas. County matching funds are required for the FY2025 grants. 

The FY25 Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA) is now available on TIDC’s website and include details on eligibility and the application process.

Counties considering an application are strongly encouraged to contact TIDC as soon as possible to ensure that the proposed program is eligible and to get initial feedback. Please contact the TIDC Grants Team at or 512-463-2508 with any questions or to discuss ideas for grant proposals.


The recording of the FY25 Improvement Grant Application Web Training from February 23, 2024 is now available:

Apply for an Improvement Grant

Have you talked to TIDC and determined your county is eligible? You can apply here.

Learn More

To find out whether your county is eligible for an Improvement Grant, contact the TIDC Grants Team at or 512-463-2508.

You can also read about public defender offices and managed assigned counsel programs on our Publications page.

Have Questions?

TIDC's Grant Team can help.

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