LCRA, wholesale electric customers award more than $525,000 in community grants
Grants will help fund 28 projects to benefit communities, first responders across LCRA’s electric and water service area
May 29, 2020
AUSTIN, Texas – The Lower Colorado River Authority and its wholesale electric customers recently awarded more than $525,000 in community development grants for projects throughout the LCRA wholesale electric and water service area.
Community Development Partnership Program grants of up to $50,000 helped fund 28 projects ranging from providing vital equipment to first responders to updating community halls and parks to installing rainwater collection systems to help conserve water.
Ten projects will provide new protective gear or upgrade emergency response equipment for first responders. Other grants will help make the city park in Richland Springs safer; upgrade the aging heating and air-conditioning system at the Boys and Girls Club in DeWitt County; and improve Little League fields in Hallettsville, La Grange and Luling.
“The communities LCRA serves are the lifeblood of the region,” LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson said. “We are proud to partner with our wholesale electric customers to support these communities and help them continue to thrive. Many of these projects could not be completed without the grants, and it is our honor to help improve public safety and the quality of life for the communities in our service area.”
To date, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers have awarded 1,768 community grants totaling more than $46 million. When combined with nearly $226 million in community-raised matching funds, the program has invested almost $272 million in local communities.
Applications for the next round of Community Development Partnership Program grants will be available at lcra.org/cdpp on July 1 and are due by July 31.
The 28 grants awarded in the most recent grant cycle are:
- ADAMSVILLE: A $20,240 grant from LCRA and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative for new rescue tools for the Adamsville Volunteer Fire Department.
- BRADY: A $9,274 grant from LCRA and the City of Brady to the McCulloch County Library Association for a new rainwater collection system at the recently constructed library.
- BRADY: A $3,000 grant from LCRA and the City of Brady for new signs for the McCulloch County Helping Hands resale store.
- BRADY: A $4,975 grant from LCRA and the City of Brady for McCulloch County to buy automated external defibrillators to distribute to five volunteer fire departments in the county.
- BURNET: A $25,000 grant from LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative for a thermal imaging camera for the rescue boat at the East Lake Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department.
- COLUMBUS: A $25,000 grant from LCRA to the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for 60 electrical hookups to power downtown outdoor events.
- COMFORT: A $39,600 grant from LCRA and Bandera Electric Cooperative to replace the worn-out roof at the Comfort Volunteer Fire Department.
- CUERO: A $23,410 grant from LCRA and the City of Cuero to upgrade the aging heating and air-conditioning system at the Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County.
- DALE: A $25,000 grant from LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative to help restore the nearly 145-year-old St. John Colony School, which will soon open as a historical museum in Caldwell County.
- FREDERICKSBURG: A $1,717 grant from LCRA and the City of Fredericksburg to Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, which will add an irrigation system and improve landscaping at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.
- FAYETTEVILLE: A $24,000 grant from LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative to spruce up the SPJST Lodge No. 1 in Fayetteville.
- HALLETTSVILLE: A $7,500 grant from LCRA and the City of Hallettsville for new, energy-efficient scoreboards for the Hallettsville Little League.
- INDUSTRY: A $30,000 grant from LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative for new hydraulic rescue tools and protective gear for the Industry Volunteer Fire Department.
- INGRAM: A $4,962 grant from LCRA for new ventilation saws and medical kits for the Ingram Volunteer Fire Department.
- LA GRANGE: A $10,000 grant from LCRA and the City of La Grange to the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center to help replace the roof of the Sanford Schmid Ampitheater, a public venue used for events such as musicals, weddings and concerts.
- LA GRANGE: An $8,300 grant from LCRA and the City of La Grange for new bronze signs at the Texas Quilt Museum.
- LA GRANGE: A $20,000 grant from LCRA and the City of La Grange to La Grange Little League to renovate a baseball field at White Rock Park.
- LINCOLN: A $19,893 grant from LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative for a new system to refill firefighters’ air tanks for the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department.
- LULING: A $25,000 grant from LCRA and the City of Luling to upgrade three playing fields and install new safety netting at the Luling Little League baseball and softball complex.
- LULING: A $50,000 grant from LCRA and the City of Luling to Play 1st, a community group that will use the funding to add energy-efficient lighting, new playground equipment and new picnic tables at Luling’s Longer Park.
- MANOR: A $24,500 grant from LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative for a 1-acre pond to collect rainwater and provide a habitat for migrating birds at Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor.
- MAXWELL: A $25,000 grant from LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative for eight self-contained breathing units for the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department.
- PIPE CREEK: A $19,998 grant from LCRA and Bandera Electric Cooperative for an all-terrain vehicle the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department can use for rescues and fighting fires in remote areas.
- RICHLAND SPRINGS: A $9,600 grant from LCRA that will help the City of Richland Springs Beautification Committee buy new playground equipment and native landscaping for the city park.
- ROSANKY: A $14,835 grant from LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative to upgrade the Rosanky Community Center.
- SMITHVILLE: A $22,900 grant from LCRA and the City of Smithville to the Lost Pines Artisans Alliance to replace a leaky roof and add a handicapped-accessible restroom at the Mary Nichols Arts Center.
- SUNRISE BEACH: A $15,200 grant from LCRA for a new rainwater collection system that will capture water the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department can use in firefighting.
- WARING: A $16,212 grant from LCRA and Bandera Electric Cooperative for new gear and swift-water rescue equipment for the Waring Volunteer Fire Department.
LCRA and its wholesale electric customers award CDPP grants for projects related to community planning, education, employment, health care, public safety, recreation 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 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 lcra.org.