The Lower Colorado River Authority is accepting applications for grants of up to $50,000 for community projects throughout the LCRA service area.
Applications for Community Development Partnership Program grants are available at lcra.org/cdpp and are due by July 31.
“The communities LCRA serves are very important to us,’’ LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson said. “It’s an honor to give back to these communities and help fund projects that otherwise might not have been possible. Our goal is to invest in the communities we serve to help them continue to flourish and grow.”
Through spring 2017, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers have awarded more than 1,600 community grants worth more than $43 million. When combined with almost $223 million communities raised in matching funds, the program has resulted in a $266 million investment in local communities.
The grants help everyone from firefighters who need new breathing equipment to community centers that need new air conditioning units to parks that need new playscapes.
LCRA and its wholesale electric customers award CDPP grants for projects related to community planning, education, employment, health care, public safety, recreation, training and volunteer fire departments. Eligible organizations include volunteer fire departments, emergency responders, local governments, schools, libraries, civic groups, museums and other nonprofit organizations. For-profit entities, individuals, professional associations and nonprofits with limited group memberships are not eligible for CDPP grants.
The 23 grants awarded earlier this year include:
- LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded a $30,884 grant to the McDade Independent School District for an elementary school playscape.
- LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded an $18,000 grant to the Texas Wendish Heritage Society for museum restoration and improvements.
- LCRA and the City of Smithville awarded a $14,236 grant to the Smithville Police Association for new traffic control equipment.
- LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded a $25,000 grant to the Rosanky Community Center for playscape equipment.
- LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded a $50,000 grant to the Delhi Volunteer Fire Department for fire station improvements.
- LCRA awarded a $22,860 grant to the Central Texas Veterans Memorial in Brownwood for finishing touches to the memorial.
- LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative awarded a $25,000 grant to the Hill Country Science Mill for a Creekside Monitoring Station interactive exhibit.
- LCRA and the City of San Marcos awarded an $18,500 grant to the South Hays Fire Department/Hays County Emergency Services District #3 for a swift-water rescue boat and equipment.
- LCRA and the City of San Marcos awarded a $13,701 grant to the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force for renovations to the pilot briefing and lecture room.
- LCRA awarded a $14,560 grant to the City of Flatonia for roofing to shade the softball bleachers at G. F. & Audrey McWhirter City Park.
- LCRA awarded a $25,000 grant to the City of Waelder for a new police patrol car.
- LCRA awarded an $11,754 grant to the City of Moulton for benches, swings and other improvements at Moulton Community Park.
- LCRA awarded a $24,000 grant to the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department for refill equipment for firefighter air tanks.
- LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative awarded a $25,000 grant to the Kempner Volunteer Fire Department for refill equipment for firefighter air tanks.
- LCRA and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative awarded an $8,003 grant to the Lometa Independent School District for a chain-link fence around the school track.
- LCRA and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative awarded a $25,000 grant to the Bend Community Center for kitchen upgrades.
- LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded a $14,438 grant to the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department for refill equipment for firefighter air tanks.
- LCRA awarded a $25,000 grant to the City of Lockhart for new lighting at the Cpl. Jason K. LaFleur Soccer Complex.
- LCRA and the City of Luling awarded a $23,056 grant to Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital for two new defibrillators.
- LCRA and Bandera Electric Cooperative awarded a $14,600 grant to the Castle Lake Ranch Volunteer Fire Department for fire station improvements.
- LCRA and the City of Bellville awarded a $23,370 grant to the Austin County Fair Association to replace two air conditioning units in the Convention and Expo Center.
- LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded a $35,000 grant to the Berlin-Mill Creek-Zionsville Volunteer Fire Department for a firetruck bed and skid unit.
- LCRA and the City of Brenham awarded a $21,840 grant to the Heritage Society of Washington County for repairs at the Giddings Stone Mansion.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934.
Source: LCRA Business News