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Empowering Communities with Grants

Eight organizations were on the receiving end of Medina Electric Cooperative’s Community Empowerment Program. CEP provides grants for capital improvement projects that support community and economic development within the 17 counties served by the cooperative.

The goal of CEP is to encourage economic diversity, contribute to the health and development of a community, and improve the quality and/or quantity of services essential for the development of viable communities and economic growth. This includes services related to education, community planning, recreation, health care, public safety, employment, training or transportation. 

This year’s recipients include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Zapata - $2,500
    Purchase sports equipment
  • City of Pearsall VFD - $2,000
    Purchase portable AED
  • Devine Fire and Rescue Department - $4,900
    To go towards the purchase of a small brush truck
  • Dimmit County Public Library - $1,000
    Upgrade museum displays
  • Driscoll Public Library - $600
    Purchase furniture for program and meeting room
  • Hondo ISD (McDowell MS) - $500
    Purchase equipment to benefit a volunteer-run after-school program
  • Medina Healthcare Fund - $1,500
    Replace two patient exam tables in the emergency department
  • Uvalde Healthcare Foundation - $2,000
    Help fund a van for Kate Marmion Rides to Radiation


CEO Mark Rollans said, “It’s exciting to see how this program has grown over the years and the impact it’s made in our communities.” Medina Electric Cooperative has given almost $47,000 in grants through CEP to various organizations since it started in 2015. This 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 to be used for economic development activities, scholarships and energy-efficiency products.

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