Grants/ Fed Funding
Opportunities for business development in renewables and energy efficiency are almost limitless due to the pervasive dependence of the current economy on fossil fuels. By getting involved in clean technologies and load management through conservation, co-ops are helping their members and themselves.
LCRA and its electric and water customers provide grants for community projects. LCRA's grant program helps local governments and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects to benefit the public. These projects must be located within LCRA's service area.
Volunteer fire departments, emergency medical services, school districts, libraries, civic groups, local governments and nonprofit organizations may apply for the grants. Social service projects -- such as food pantries, homeless shelters and drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics -- are not eligible for funding.
Emphasis will be placed on projects that include energy efficiency and water conservation, volunteer fire departments, and public safety organizations that have been impacted by wildfires and the extreme drought conditions.
Applicants requesting $5,000 or more in grant funding must have at least 20 percent in matching funds. Applicants may request as much as $25,000 from CDPP grants. Approved grant applicants may not always receive the level of funding requested.
LCRA's Board of Directors, in partnership with LCRA's wholesale electric customers, determine annually whether funds are available for CDPP grants. The amount varies from year to year. In years in which funds are available, we have established two grant cycles for charitable organizations to apply to receive support. Grant applications are due on the following dates:
Federal and specific state funding for renewables and energy efficiency is updated regularly at DSIRE, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.
Texas Rural Communities (TRC) is announcing the availabilty of grants for non-profit organizations serving rural communities.
TRC wants to give as many organizations in rural Texas the opportunity to apply for funds to help their communities.
You can find applications at www.texasrural.org or contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800-787-2589. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 10, 2014, and mailed directly to the TRC.