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.
Two-thirds of the grant money is available for grants of $4,999 or less, while one-third of the grant money is available for grants of $5,000. 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.).
2017 Grant Application - Application Closed. Winners will be announced in June.
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.
Please email us at MyCoop@MedinaEC.org if you have any questions.
Previous Grants Awarded
- Saint Louis Catholic School. This group was awarded $5,000 for bullet proof film to be applied to glass on all outer doors of both the main building and the pre-K building of the school.
- Jim Hogg County. The county was awarded $2,000 to reconstruct the sidewalks and parking area which will also improve handicap accessibility at the library and courthouse.
- City of Uvalde. The city received $2,000 to build ADA-compliant ramps, remove noncompliant ramps and restore the entrance steps of a developing community center.
- 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 were reviewed by a committee, made up of Medina EC members, who then made all funding decisions.