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Medina Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for their Community Empowerment Program, which will provide up to $5,500 in grants during 2024. The deadline for applications is April 1.

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 2024 eligibility information and grant application at

Medina EC’s CEO Trey Grebe said, “Medina Electric Cooperative wants the best for the communities we serve including economic growth and development.  The CEP grants are just one way we are able to help organizations give back and make a difference in our communities.”

More than $78,000 has been contributed to different non-profits and local governments since the Community Empowerment Program was started in 2015.  Grants were made to the following organizations and projects in 2023:

  • Alexander Memorial Library (Cotulla) – The grant was used to purchase and install security cameras as an extra security measure. 
  • Castroville Public Library (Castroville) – The grant was used to purchase replacement furniture and interactive equipment in the children’s room.
  • Devine Independent School District (Devine) – The grant was used to purchase cell boosters to extend the Wi-Fi coverage for improved communication for emergency alerts and situations.
  • El Progreso Memorial Library (Uvalde) – The grant was used to purchase a replacement large format printer and five rolls of paper for the library’s business services program. The printer can print poster-size signs, artwork and blueprints for local businesses.
  • El Sacrificio (Pearsall) – The grant was used to purchase a security light for the organization’s facility. 
  • Hondo Public Library (Hondo) – The grant was used to purchase an OrCam Read Smart device to assist people with disabilities. The device helps people with learning disabilities and visual impairments by translating text into audio for the reader. 
  • Medina Senior Center Inc. (Hondo) – The grant was used to help fund phase one of building the new Medina Senior Center/Meals on Wheels facility. 
  • Real County Public Library (Leakey) – The grant was used to support the library’s summer reading program. 
  • Restore Reproductive Health (Hondo) – The grant was used to fund the rewiring and electrical elements in the western portion of the organization’s building.
  • Rocksprings Edwards County VFD (Rocksprings) – The grant was used to upgrade apparatus equipment from cribbing, transfer pumps, new hoses and to repair other equipment for the VFD.
  • Saint Louis Catholic School (Castroville) – The grant was used to purchase and install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at the school.