LCRA offering grants to nonprofits, 1st responders

   AUSTIN – The Lower Colorado River Authority is offering grants of up to $50,000 for community development projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric or water service areas.   
   Applications for the latest round of Community Development Partnership Program grants are available online in January and must be submitted by Jan. 31. 
   Most grants are for $25,000 or less, but each grant cycle includes awards of two or three grants of up to $50,000. 
   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 and nonprofits with limited group memberships. 
   In the most recent round of grants, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers in late 2019 awarded nearly $520,000 to help fund 23 projects, including providing new equipment and facilities for first responders; renovations to historic properties and veterans halls; and improvements to community parks and playscapes. 
   To date, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers have awarded 1,740 community grants totaling more than $45 million. 
   When combined with more than $225 million in community-raised matching funds, the total investment in local projects reaches almost $271 million. 
   Applications, eligibility requirements and more information are available at or by calling the program administrator at 800-776-5272, ext. 3140.

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