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 Grants Awarded:
- Devine Food Pantry (Devine) - $2,125
Funds will help the Food Pantry purchase a storage/maintenance area for lawn equipment.
- Uvalde County Hospital Authority (Uvalde) - $2,308
Funds will go towards the purchase of a Cuddle Cot for Women’s and Newborns’ Center. The Cuddle Cot is designed to cool a deceased baby, which allows the baby to remain with the family, providing the time they want with their loved one.
- El Progresso Memorial Library (Uvalde) - $2,500
Funds to be used for the replacement of the central heating and air conditioning system.
- Medina County Hospital District (Hondo) - $2,500
Funds will help to purchase a new recumbent bike for the physical therapy department. This bike provides bi-directional resistance, which is especially helpful when treating orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
- Sunshine Daycare Center (Pearsall) - $2,500
Funds will go towards the purchase of new playground equipment for the licensed, non-profit daycare center that operates out of the First United Methodist Church of Pearsall. The daycare has approximately 60 kids from infants to the after-school 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.
Please email us at MyCoop@MedinaEC.org if you have any questions.
Previous Grants Awarded
- 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 were reviewed by a committee, made up of Medina EC members, who then made all funding decisions.