LCRA, City of Brenham award $22,150 grant to Washington County
Energy-efficient lighting will improve safety, marketability at county fairgrounds
Nov. 9, 2020
BRENHAM, Texas – A $22,150 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Brenham will help Washington County purchase and install energy-efficient LED bulbs for all buildings at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $27,850 in matching funds, will replace outdated and inefficient lighting in 15 buildings and barns. The fairgrounds are home to the oldest county fair in Texas, as well as other events such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble Prospect show, where exhibitors can show their animals.
“We in Washington County are so excited to be awarded the LCRA grant, which will help us to improve the appearance and safety of our barns with new LED lights that will keep all areas well lit,” said Joy Fuchs, Washington County Commissioner, Precinct 4. “This project will make the fairgrounds more attractive to businesses interested in hosting their events in our facilities.”
Outdated lighting on the fairgrounds has raised safety concerns among some of the groups considering hosting events there, with many organizations skipping the venue because of inadequate lighting, especially at night. The new LED lighting will help resolve the lighting issue and make the facilities more inviting to the public and event organizers.
“In addition, these new lights will be more energy efficient, which not only saves county tax dollars that can be later used for other needs, but it also helps the environment by reducing the consumption of energy,” Fuchs said. “Thank you, LCRA, for your support of our community. We appreciate this more than you can imagine.”
Washington County serves a population of more than 35,000 people and the fairgrounds attract visitors from all over the state. The fairgrounds are also used by surrounding communities for events such as Ag Days that showcase the importance of the region’s agricultural community.
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. The City of Brenham 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
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