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LCRA Community Development Partnership Program (CDPP) Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Capital Improvement Projects

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Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and libraries for capital projects benefiting communities within the funding source’s service area. Funding is available for projects in areas such as education, community planning, health care, employment, recreation, public safety, training, and volunteer fire departments.

Emphasis is placed on projects for volunteer fire departments and those that address needs caused by wildfires or drought conditions, or include water conservation, energy efficiency or educational components.

CDPP grants encourage economic diversification in local communities, contribute to the health, safety and development of a community, or improve the quality or quantity of services essential for the development of viable communities and economic growth.

Examples of recent awards include funding for emergency equipment for first responders; improvements to fire stations, parks and community centers; energy-efficient lighting for community sports fields; air conditioning units in convention centers; rainwater catchment systems; and local museum masonry and other needed repairs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177164

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Grants of up to $50,000 available for community projects.

Grants larger than $25,000 are intended for particularly impressive and noteworthy projects with a far-reaching impact on a broad community.

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed within 12 months of the date the grant is received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Most local governments and nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas are eligible to apply for a CDPP grant.

Grant recipients can include:
-Cities and counties
-Civic organizations
-Volunteer fire departments
-Emergency medical services
-Historical associations

The physical address of the project must be in LCRA’s wholesale electric service or water service areas.

An applicant must not have received a CDPP grant within 24 months.

Social service projects and limited-use facilities such as food pantries, transitional housing and substance abuse facilities are not eligible for CDPP funding.

Those ineligible to receive grants include: for-profit entities, individuals, professional associations and nonprofit organizations limited to group membership.

The types of projects that are not eligible include: completed projects; religious or church-sponsored facilities that can only be used by members; social service projects such as food pantries, transitional housing and substance abuse facilities; land acquisition projects; debt-reduction campaigns; capital campaigns; program operating costs; planning; consultants; seminar and conference fees, training or workshops (with the exception of public firefighting organizations, including volunteer fire departments); computer equipment or software; most functions carried out by a taxing entity; appliances; office equipment; and batteries.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants are awarded twice a year. Applications are due January 31 and July 31. Online grant applications are available in January and July.

About a million dollars is awarded in CDPP grants every year. Under CDPP rules, 75 percent of the funds available in any given grant cycle are awarded in grants of $25,000 or less. The remaining 25 percent may be awarded to large projects of up to $50,000.

Applicants requesting $5,000 or more in grant funding must supply matching funds of at least 20 percent of the grant amount.

Grants larger than $25,000 are intended for particularly impressive and noteworthy projects with a far-reaching impact on a broad community.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted online via:

Sheila Slagel
800-776-5272, ext. 3140

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