The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and its wholesale electric customers recently awarded $413,533 in community grants through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program.
The matching grants will help communities fund projects such as providing much-needed emergency equipment for public safety and firefighters; installing lights at a softball field; and renovating community and senior centers, theaters and playgrounds.
The program provides grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional groups and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas.
“Our goal with these grants is to lend a helping hand in the communities we serve,” said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. “This is a way LCRA gives back and enables communities to tackle projects that many of the recipients would not have the resources to pay for on their own.”
Since the program began in 1995, LCRA and its customers have awarded more than 1,500 grants worth more than $41.7 million.
The program’s benefits continue long after the checks are presented. Communities receiving the grants have raised more than $217 million in matching funds, resulting in a total investment in local projects of more than $258 million.
The late 2015 grant presentations include:
- LCRA awarded $25,000 to the City of Palacios in Matagorda County to help replace a hurricane-ravaged pavilion.
- LCRA awarded $24,000 to the Boling District Improvement Association in Wharton County to renovate a community center.
- LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) awarded $3,005 to the Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake in Comal County to expand a community garden and install a new watering system.
- LCRA and PEC awarded $23,855 to the Wimberley Village Store in Hays County for a new building and rainwater collection system.
- LCRA and Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC) awarded $11,288 to the Arneckeville Community Club in DeWitt County to build a new energy-efficient roof for the community center.
- LCRA and the City of Shiner awarded $25,000 to Gaslight Theatre Inc. in Lavaca County to construct a new energy-efficient roof.
- LCRA and PEC awarded $11,120 to the Hoover Volunteer Fire Department in Burnet County to buy new equipment.
- LCRA awarded $25,000 to the City of Burnet in Burnet County to replace an aging playscape.
- LCRA and PEC awarded $12,851 to the Lake Victor Community Center Association in Burnet County to renovate a community center.
- LCRA awarded $13,381 to the Lampasas Police Department in Lampasas County for new communication equipment.
- LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded $32,967 for improvements to the Red Rock Community Center in Bastrop County.
- LCRA and the City of La Grange awarded $25,000 to the La Grange Volunteer Fire Department in Fayette County for new air packs.
- LCRA and Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) awarded $15,000 to Bandera County for new recycling equipment.
- LCRA and BEC awarded $18,558 to the Elm Pass Volunteer Fire Department in Kerr County for new radio equipment.
- LCRA and the City of Lexington awarded $12,958 to the Lexington Association of Senior Citizens in Lee County for improvements to its center.
- LCRA and the City of Brenham awarded $39,550 to the Brenham Fine Arts League in Washington County for art center renovations.
- LCRA awarded $20,000 to the City of Brenham for an outdoor library reading room in Washington County.
- LCRA and the City of Goldthwaite awarded $50,000 to help build a new senior center in Mills County.
- LCRA and the City of Mason awarded $25,000 to Mason Youth Baseball in Mason County to light the girls’ softball field.
The Community Development Partnership Program awards grants twice a year. Applications for the next awards are due Jan. 31, with grants to be awarded in March. More information about the program is available at
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring 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. The organization neither levies taxes nor receives tax money. For more information, visit
Source: LCRA Business News