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LCRA grants due next month

December 21, 2022 - 00:00
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Applications for Bandera-eligible grants benefiting local organizations and groups are due next month.

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is offering grants of up to $50,000 for community projects throughout their wholesale power, water and transmission service areas. Applications for Community Development Partnership Program grants will be available online in January and must be submitted by midnight on Jan. 31.

Most grants are for $25,000 or less, but several grants of up to $50,000 are awarded every grant cycle. Eligible organizations include volunteer fire departments, emergency responders, local governments, schools, libraries, civic groups, museums and other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.

The grants are not available to individuals, for-profit entities, professional associations, social service projects or limited-use facilities. Applicants requesting more than $5,000 in grant funding must supply matching funds of at least 20 percent of the total project cost.

The projects must benefit or be available to an entire community and also improve the value of a capital asset through building, renovating or purchasing equipment.

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, Williamson and Zavala.

In the most recent round of grants in fall 2022, LCRA awarded more than $985,000 to 46 projects, including the Medina Lake Volunteer Fire Department.Other awarded grants included purchases of new vehicles, equipment and protective gear for first responders; renovations to community centers, libraries and arts venues; and improvements to parks, youth athletic facilities and outdoor community trails and exhibits.

Visit for information about eligibility requirements and recently awarded grants. The online application will be available on the webpage beginning Jan. 1. For questions, email or call 800-776-5272, ext. 3140 or ext. 1627.