THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Choose Life Grant Program

Welcome to the Choose Life page of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

The 82nd Legislature authorized the sale of Choose Life specialty license plates to raise funds for the promotion of adoption in the State of Texas, and charged the OAG with administering those funds through a competitive grant process.

Purpose:

The purpose of the OAG Choose Life Grant Program is to provide funds as described in Chapter 402 of the Government Code.

Choose Life Grant Program Purpose Areas:

Grant contracts awarded under this Choose Life Grant Program Application Kit may be used to:

  • provide for the material needs of pregnant women who are considering placing their children for adoption, including the provision of clothing, housing, prenatal care, food, utilities, and transportation,
  • provide for the needs of infants who are awaiting placement with adoptive parents,
  • provide training and advertising relating to adoption,
  • provide pre-adoption counseling, and
  • provide post-adoption counseling.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible Applicants:

An Applicant Organization must be an eligible organization in this state to apply for the Choose Life Grant Program, meaning it must meet all of the following criteria:

  • An organization that provides services in this state and is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(a), Internal Revenue Code of 1986, by being listed as an exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of that code;
  • Provides counseling and material assistance to pregnant women who are considering placing their children for adoption;
  • Does not charge for services provided;
  • Does not provide abortions or abortion-related services or make referrals to abortion providers;
  • Is not affiliated with an organization that provides abortions or abortion-related services or makes referrals to abortion providers; and
  • Does not contract with an organization that provides abortions or abortion-related services or makes referrals to abortion providers.

Eligibility:

The OAG will initially screen each application for eligibility. Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application is submitted by an ineligible applicant; the application is not filed in the manner and form required by the Application Kit; the application is filed after the deadline established in the Application Kit; or the application does not meet other requirements as stated in the Request For Applications and the Application Kit.

Refer back to this page for updates and grant application kits.