Bertram is in the running for Texas Community Development Block Grant Program money to improve its downtown, which could boost businesses along Grange Street and other parts of the historic area. The cities of Marble Falls and Granite Shoals have applied for similar grants.
The program allows for grant requests up to $500,000 to expand economic opportunities in small, rural communities. Awards are scheduled to be distributed in December.
Bertram is asking for money to install Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks and lighting downtown.
The installation area would be four stretches of road: Vaughn Street from East Street to Lampasas Street; Texas 29 from Gabriel Street to Lampasas Street; Grange Street from Vaughn Street to Railroad Street; and Lampasas Street from Texas 29 to Railroad Street.
The city of Marble Falls application asks for money to install ADA-compliant sidewalks, water lines, and sewer lines, and make other street improvements downtown.
The city of Granite Shoals has its eyes on a grant drawing from the Fire, Ambulance, and Service Truck Fund to purchase a new fire engine. Granite Shoals is committing $5,000 from its general fund as a matching contribution toward the administration activities involved in the project.