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 $47,000 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 Grant Opportunities
For 2019, the Medina EC board has approved $10,000 to be awarded for this program. Emphasis is 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.
*Please note, for the purpose of this program, capital improvements include vehicle purchases (example: fire trucks, ambulances, etc.).
For more details about the program and to see a sample of the budget summary, please review the Community Empowerment Program overview.
If you have any questions about the CEP grant opportunity, please send an email to MyCoop@MedinaEC.org.
The application deadline was at 5 pm on Monday, April 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified in June of the the CEP Committee's decisions.
Congratulations to the 2018 grant recipients!
Boys & Girls Club of Zapata County- $2,500
Purchase sports equipment
City of Pearsall VFD - $2,000
Purchase portable AED
Devine Fire and Rescue Department - $4,900
Money to help fund the purchase of a small brush truck
Dimmit County Public Library - $1,000
Upgrade museum displays
Driscoll Public Library - $600
Purchase furniture for meeting room
Hondo ISD (McDowel 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
Previous Grants Awarded
- Devine Food Pantry (Devine) - $2,125
- Uvalde County Hospital Authority (Uvalde) - $2,308
- El Progresso Memorial Library (Uvalde) - $2,500
- Medina County Hospital District (Hondo) - $2,500
- Sunshine Daycare Center (Pearsall) - $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 2018 grant funding - $46,933 as of 12/21/2018