Medina EC is seeking applications for their Community Empowerment Program, which will provide up to $5,500 in grants during 2023. The deadline for applications is April 3.
Grants will be awarded for capital projects that support community and economic development in any of the 17 counties served by Medina EC, which include Atascosa, Brooks, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Jim Hogg, Kinney, LaSalle, McMullen, Medina, Real, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Zapata and Zavala.
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.
Find the 2023 eligibility information and grant application at MedinaEC.org/Grant.
Medina EC’s CEO Trey Grebe said, “Beyond providing safe, reliable electricity, Medina EC works to make a difference in our service area. The CEP grants help organizations give back and make a difference in our communities.”
More than $73,000 has been donated to different non-profits and local governments since the Community Empowerment Program was started in 2015. Donations were made to the following organizations and projects in 2022:
- Children’s Advocacy Center of Laredo (Laredo) – The grant was used to purchase a state-of-the-art big-size tactile sensory panel for the center’s waiting room. These sensory walls help children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- Knights of Columbus Council 2810 (Hebbronville) – The grant was used to create a museum inside the Scotus College building to highlight the history of the first Franciscan friars and seminarians that came to Hebbronville from Mexico in 1926.
- Medina Healthcare System (Hondo) – The grant was used to purchase a stand assist lift for rehabilitation patients. The Arjo Sara Plus powered standing and rising aid is designed to help mobilize patients during everyday activities.
- Mico VFD (Mico) – The grant was used to purchase 10 Guardian Angel safety lights and seven Fire Ninja safety vests to improve safety and visibility during traffic events.
- Pleasanton Fire Department (Pleasanton) – The grant was used to purchase fire prevention supplies for the department to use during fire safety presentations and to raise the level of awareness of fire safety in the community.
- South Texas Advancement Resource (Aguilares) – The grant was used to purchase tools and supplies needed by the Laredo College vocational program students.
- Webb County VFD (Laredo) – The grant was used to purchase four new self-contained breathing apparatuses. The department currently has masks, but recently the units didn’t pass testing and will need to be re-placed.