LCRA, Bluebonnet Co-op award $25,000 grant to Chappell Hill Volunteer Fire Department
New emergency generator will keep department running even during power outages
Nov. 9, 2020
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Texas – A $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative will help the Chappell Hill Volunteer Fire Department purchase an emergency generator.
The grant will be paired with $36,802 in matching funds from the Chappell Hill VFD to purchase a generator to help provide uninterrupted fire protection and emergency services even during natural disasters or regional power outages.
“A generator will make us better prepared for emergencies such as evacuations or power outages, especially since our area is experiencing rapid growth,” said Marcy Kmiec, vice president of the Chappell Hill fire department. “This generator will not only help our department, but also will benefit our community by reducing our response times during emergency rescues.”
Chappell Hill VFD serves a population of 35,500 in Washington County and provides back-up response for all other volunteer fire departments within the county and in the western part of Waller County. The department also serves the U.S. Highway 290 corridor, a major evacuation route from Houston and Galveston during regional disasters.
“We’re a non-profit, and because of COVID-19, we’ve missed out on our normal fundraising efforts that keep us operating,” Kmiec said. “The grant from LCRA and Bluebonnet is greatly appreciated, and we’re very pleased and honored for their support.”
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
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 outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 108,000 meters, and owns and maintains 12,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to bluebonnet.coop and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.
LCRA: Clara Tuma
Bluebonnet: Will Holford