Community Development Partnership Program
LCRA supports local communities in its service area through grants of up to $50,000 through the Community Development Partnership Program (CDPP). Learn more.
The next cycle for new applications is January 1-31, 2023
View a previously submitted CDPP grant application.
1,888 grants and counting
CDPP has invested more than $278 million in local communities.
Sheila Slagel, grants program manager
800-776-5272, ext. 3140
Liz Mundine, grants program administrator
800-776-5272, ext. 1627
About the program
CDPP grants help local governments, emergency responders and tax-exempt nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects that might otherwise not be possible. Grant-funded projects must have physical addresses located within LCRA’s wholesale electric or water service area, or areas in which LCRA Transmission Services Corporation provides transmission services. View a map of LCRA’s service areas.
Organizations in all or part of the following counties are eligible for CDPP grants: Aransas, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Blanco, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Callahan, Cameron, Coke, Coleman, Colorado, Comal, Concho, Coryell, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, DeWitt, Dimmit, Eastland, Ector, Edwards, Fayette, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Llano, Mason, Matagorda, Maverick, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Midland, Mills, Nolan, Nueces, Pecos, Real, San Patricio, San Saba, Schleicher, Starr, Sterling, Sutton, Taylor, Terrell, Tom Green, Travis, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Williamson and Zavala.
CDPP grants are awarded twice a year for capital projects for volunteer fire departments, emergency responders, cities and counties, schools, libraries, civic groups, museums and other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. The projects must benefit or be available to an entire community and must improve the value of a capital asset by building, renovating or purchasing equipment.
Examples of recent awards include funding for emergency equipment for first responders; improvements to fire stations, parks, libraries and community centers; energy-efficient lighting and electrical upgrades for museums and community sports fields; air conditioning units for convention centers; rainwater catchment systems; and roof repairs and handicapped-accessible ramps for local museums and community halls.
Social service projects and limited-use facilities such as food pantries, transitional housing and substance abuse facilities are not eligible for CDPP funding. CDPP grants may not be used for planning or consultants, or training, workshops or seminars (with the exception of public firefighting organizations, including volunteer fire departments). Other ineligible projects include those that already are completed; in fundraising mode; religious sanctuaries or church-sponsored facilities that can be used only by members; land acquisition; debt-reduction campaigns; capital campaigns; program operating costs; administrative and/or indirect costs, such as personnel and overhead expenses, as well as grant writing and/or consulting fees; computer and/or video equipment or software; furniture; appliances; office equipment; or batteries.
Online grant applications are available in January and July.
Applicants requesting more than $5,000 in grant funding must supply matching funds of at least 20 percent of the total project cost. Grants larger than $25,000 are intended for particularly impressive and noteworthy projects with a far-reaching impact on a broad community. The larger grant category is extremely competitive, as funding in the $25,000+ category is limited to 30 percent of the grants awarded. There is a minimum request of $1,000.
The CDPP program places emphasis on projects for volunteer fire departments and those that address needs caused by wildfires or drought conditions, or include water conservation, energy efficiency or educational components.
View recent CDPP grants.
Nov. 14, 2022
LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award $24,609 grant to Utopia Volunteer EMS
LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award $25,000 grant to Medina Lake VFD
LCRA awards $12,000 grant for new roof at popular outdoor sports court in Boerne
May 25, 2022
LCRA, City of Brady award $25,000 grant for new playground equipment
LCRA, City of Mason award $50,000 grant to renovate Mason courthouse square public facilities
LCRA awards $19,000 grant to Harper Community Park Association
LCRA, City of Brady award $4,762 grant to Salvation Army Brady
May 20, 2022
LCRA, Bluebonnet Co-op award $25,000 grant for community park upgrades
LCRA, City of La Grange award $12,000 grant to help restore historic train depot
LCRA awards $24,871 grant to Garwood Volunteer Fire Department
May 16, 2022
LCRA, PEC award $25,000 grant for new restrooms at popular Granite Shoals park
LCRA, PEC award $25,000 grant to historic Cox Springs School
LCRA awards $20,572 grant for new rainwater collection system for Tow VFD
May 12, 2022
LCRA, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op award $16,476 grant to Dale VFD for rescue tools
LCRA, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op award $24,720 Grant to Gay-Mound-Cedar Hill VFD
LCRA, City of Lexington award $50,000 grant for versatile new fire engine
May 4, 2022
LCRA awards $20,878 grant to Coleman County Youth Activity Center
LCRA awards $20,000 grant for playground updates in Cross Plains
LCRA awards $25,000 grant to Callahan County ambulance service for new ventilators
May 3, 2022
LCRA, City of Yoakum award $23,520 grant to Yoakum Little League
LCRA, City of Cuero award $18,768 grant to Cuero VFD for emergency equipment
LCRA awards $4,935 grant to Ander-Weser Volunteer Fire Department
April 28, 2022
LCRA awards $10,385 grant to Rotary Club of Austin County for disc golf course
LCRA awards $20,000 grant for repairs to Boling Community Center
LCRA awards $24,168 grant for improvements at Columbus library
Dec. 6, 2021
LCRA, Bluebonnet Co-op award $6,000 grant for renovations at Carmine Hall
LCRA, Bluebonnet Co-op award $24,093 grant for repairs to historic library
LCRA, City of Brenham award $19,840 grant to Brenham Fire Department
Dec. 2, 2021
LCRA awards $21,045 grant for upgrades to Rochelle Memorial Community Center
LCRA, City of Goldthwaite award $5,000 grant to Mills County Historical Museum
LCRA awards $25,000 grant for improvements to the Mills County Theatre
Dec. 1, 2021
LCRA, City of Smithville award $13,900 grant for community center repairs
LCRA, Bluebonnet Co-op award $5,000 grant to help Smithville veterans create new park
LCRA, Bluebonnet Co-op award $25,000 grant to Delhi Community Center
Nov. 16, 2021
LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award $24,999 grant to Center Point VFD
LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award $17,331 grant to Castle Lake Ranch firefighters
LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award $16,800 grant to Comfort Public Library
Nov. 15, 2021
LCRA, Pedernales Electric Co-op award $25,000 grant to aid area firefighters
LCRA, Pedernales Electric Co-op award $23,727 grant for new battery-operated rescue tools
LCRA awards $17,930 grant to Colorado County Fair Association
LCRA, City of Llano award $24,090 grant to Llano County Art Association
LCRA awards $24,950 grant to Oakridge Volunteer Fire Department
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