The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is offering grants of up to $50,000 for community projects throughout its wholesale power, water and transmission service territory.

 Applications for the next round of Community Development Partnership Program grants will be available online in January and must be submitted by midnight on Jan. 31. Most grants are for $25,000 or less, but each grant cycle includes awards of several grants of up to $50,000.

 Eligible organizations include volunteer fire departments, emergency responders, local governments, schools, libraries, civic groups, museums and other nonprofit organizations. Applicants requesting more than $5,000 in grant funding must supply matching funds of at least 20 percent of the total project cost.

 The projects must benefit or be available to an entire community and must improve the value of a capital asset by building, renovating or purchasing equipment. The grants are not available to individuals, for-profit entities, professional associations, social service projects or limited-use facilities.

 Wharton is included among the counties that are eligible for CDPP grants, including neighboring Matagorda, Lavaca, Austin, and Colorado. 

In the most recent round of grants, LCRA in late 2020 awarded nearly $530,000 to help fund 27 projects, ranging from buying new equipment for first responders to improving museums and libraries to helping community centers build handicapped-accessible restrooms.

 Through fall 2020, LCRA has awarded 1,795 community grants totaling more than $46.5 million. When combined with the nearly $227 million in community-raised matching funds, the total investment in local projects surpasses $273 million.

Applications and eligibility requirements are available at or by calling the program administrator at 800-776-5272, ext. 3140.

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