Community Empowerment Program
The Community Empowerment Program, which began in 2015, is designed to provide grants for capital projects that support community and economic development within the 17 counties served by Medina Electric Cooperative. Grants are awarded to local governments and non-profit groups such as civic organizations, schools, volunteer fire departments, libraries, emergency medical services, museums and historical associations. To date*, nearly $57,000 has been put back in area communities through the program.
The program is funded by unclaimed capital credits and must be approved by the board annually. When capital credits remain unclaimed for three years, they are given to the State of Texas. The state can give a portion of that money back to the cooperative, and the cooperative can use it to fund economic development activities, scholarships and energy-efficiency projects.
2019 CEP Grants
For 2019, the Medina EC board approved $10,000 to be awarded for this program. Emphasis was placed on projects that align with the program goals of:
- Encouraging economic diversity
- Contributing to the health and development of a community to improve the attractiveness of the community to public and private enterprises or
- Improving the quality and/or quantity of services essential for the development of viable communities and economic growth, including services related to education, community planning, recreation, health care, public safety, employment, training or transportation.
Congratulations to the 2019 Grant Recipients:
- Alexander Memorial Library, Cotulla — $975 to replace children's tables in the library
- Castro Colonies Heritage Association, Castroville — $2,500 for the restoration of the Living History Center Log Cabin
- Children's Advocacy Center of Laredo — $1,850 to clean air conditioning system which may be the cause of polluted air flow
- Medina County Hospital District/Medina Healthcare System, Hondo — $675 to purchase an obstetrical simulation device to advance OB care in Medina County
- Medina Senior Center/Meals on Wheels, Hondo — $2,000 for a vehicle wrap to promote the center and Meals on Wheels program
- West Alice Youth Center, San Diego — $2,000 to rehab the basketball courts
Previous Grants Awarded
- Boys & Girls Club of Zapata County- $2,500
- City of Pearsall VFD - $2,000
- Devine Fire and Rescue Department - $4,900
- Dimmit County Public Library - $1,000
- Driscoll Public Library - $600
- Hondo ISD (McDowel MS) - $500
- Medina Healthcare Fund - $1,500
- Uvalde Healthcare Foundation - $2,000
- Devine Food Pantry - $2,125
- Uvalde County Hospital Authority - $2,308
- El Progresso Memorial Library - $2,500
- Medina County Hospital District - $2,500
- Sunshine Daycare Center - $2,500
- Saint Louis Catholic School - $5,000
- Jim Hogg County - $2,000
- City of Uvalde - $2,000
- D'Hanis Community Organization - $5,000
- Jim Hogg County Fair Association - $2,000
- Uvalde Classical Academy - $2,000
- Medina County Hospital District - $2,000
Applications are reviewed by a committee, made up of Medina EC members, who then made all funding decisions.
*Figure following 2019 grant funding - $56,933 as of 7/1/2019.