Applications are being accepted for Medina EC’s Community Empowerment Program, which awards grant money for capital improvement projects (including vehicles) that support community and economic development in the counties served by Medina EC.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 3. Up to $15,000 will be awarded, with $5,000 being the maximum for any single grant. If you know of a project in your area that could benefit from funding, visit MedinaEC.org/Grant, where you will find all eligibility information and the application.
Completed applications will be reviewed by a committee of five members who will determine which applications are awarded grants.
Last year, five organizations received $11,933 in funding through this program. Here are just a few of those:
• Uvalde County Hospital Authority, $2,308. Funds were used for the purchase of a Cuddle Cot, which cools and preserves a stillborn baby, and allows the baby to remain with the family longer, providing the time they want with their loved one.
• Devine Food Pantry, $2,125. The money was used to help the food pantry purchase a storage and maintenance area for lawn equipment.
• Medina Regional Hospital (Hondo), $2,500. Funds went to purchase a new recumbent bike for the physical therapy department. The bike provides bi-directional resistance, which is especially helpful when treating orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
Since 2015, when it began, more than $33,000 has been awarded to area communities through this program.
This program is funded by unclaimed capital credits. In addition to economic and community development activities, unclaimed capital credits money also funds Medina EC’s scholarships and energy-efficiency rebates.
What You Need To Know
Up to $15,000 will be awarded in 2017. The application deadline is 5 p.m., April 3.
Emphasis will be placed on projects that:
- Encourage economic diversity.
- Contribute to community health and development.
- Improve the quality or quantity of services essential for the development of viable communities.
Counties where grants can be awarded:
View eligibility information and get an application at MedinaEC.org/Grant.