MEC empowerment program opens for S. Tx. counties
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Medina Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for its Community Empowerment Program, which will provide up to $5,500 in grants during 2023.
The deadline for applications is Monday, April 3.
Grants will be awarded for capital projects that support community and economic development in any of the 17 counties served by MEC, which include Frio, La Salle, Atascosa, Brooks, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Jim Hogg, Kinney, 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.
Information on 2023 eligibility and grant application forms are available at MedinaEC.org/Grant.
More than $73,000 has been donated to different non-profits and local governments since the Community Empowerment Program was started in 2015.
Donations were made to the following organizations and projects in 2022:
Children’s Advocacy Center of Laredo (Laredo) – The grant was used to purchase a state-of-the-art big-size tactile sensory panel for the center’s waiting room.
Knights of Columbus Council 2810 (Hebbronville) – The grant was used to create a museum inside the Scotus College building.
Medina Healthcare System (Hondo) – The grant was used to purchase a stand assist lift for rehabilitation patients.
Mico VFD (Mico) – The grant was used to purchase safety lights and vests.
Pleasanton Fire Department (Pleasanton) – The grant was used to purchase fire prevention supplies for the department.
South Texas Advancement Resource (Aguilares) – The grant was used to purchase tools and supplies needed by the Laredo College vocational program students.
Webb County VFD (Laredo) – The grant was used to purchase four new self-contained breathing apparatuses.