LCRA, BEC Offering Grants of up to $50,000 for Community Projects

The Lower Colorado River Authority and its wholesale electric customers, including BEC, are offering grants of up to $50,000 for community projects throughout LCRA’s wholesale power, water and transmission service territory.

Applications for this round of Community Development Partnership Program grants are available online in July and must be submitted by midnight on July 31. Most grants are for $25,000 or less, but each grant cycle includes awards of several grants of up to $50,000. Applicants requesting more than $5,000 in grant funding must supply matching funds of at least 20 percent of the total project cost.

Eligible organizations include volunteer fire departments, emergency responders, local governments, schools, libraries, civic groups, museums and other nonprofit organizations. The grants are not available to individuals, for-profit entities, professional associations, social service projects or limited-use facilities.

Organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric or water service areas have been eligible for CDPP grants in the past. Beginning in July, LCRA will expand grant eligibility to organizations in areas in which LCRA Transmission Services Corporation provides transmission services.

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 and Williamson. See for more information on eligibility requirements.

In the most recent round of grants, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers earlier this year awarded more than $525,000 to fund 28 projects, ranging from providing life-saving equipment to first responders to upgrading community halls to improving parks and Little League fields.

To date, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers have awarded 1,768 community grants totaling more than $46 million. When combined with the nearly $226 million in community-raised matching funds, the total investment in local projects reaches almost $272 million.

Applications and eligibility requirements are available at or by calling the program administrator at 800-776-5272, ext. 3140.
Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2020