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LCRA accepting applications for Community Development Grants program

Hoover Valley fire department will use grant for new rescue equipment

Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives in November presented a $23,727 grant check to Hoover Valley Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services for new rescue tools. Pictured are (from left) PEC Public Affairs representative Jared Fields, firefighter Waylon Hibbitts, Capt. Marc Talamantez, LCRA board member Carol Freeman, LCRA Regional Affairs representative Susan Patten, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. Courtesy photo

The Lower Colorado River Authority is offering grants of up to $50,000 for community projects throughout its wholesale power, water, and transmission service territory, according to an LCRA media release.

Applications for the new round of Community Development Partnership Program grants will be available online in January and must be submitted by midnight Jan. 31. Most grants are for $25,000 or less, but each cycle includes several grants of up to $50,000.

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 several counties, including Blanco, Burnet, Lampasas, and Llano counties, are eligible for the grants.

In the most recent round of grants in late 2021, LCRA awarded more than $730,000 to fund 32 projects, including purchasing new vehicles and equipment for first responders and making renovations to museums, libraries, and community centers.

Grant applications and details about eligibility requirements are available on the LCRA website. For more information, email or call 800-776-5272 ext. 3140 or ext. 1627.