PEC Community Grants applications now open

Area nonprofits encouraged to apply by April 1 deadline

Pedernales Electric Cooperative invites area nonprofits to apply for community grants of up to $5,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 1.

To be eligible for our semiannual grants, nonprofits must be located within or surrounded by PEC’s service territory. Grant funds may be used for projects that include technology, capital improvements or equipment related to energy efficiency.

Last winter, PEC awarded more than $24,000 in grants to support more than eight nonprofit organizations. Recent recipients include the Hays County Food Bank; Dog Alliance; Canyon Lake Community Resource and Recreation Center; Driftwood, Henly, and North Hays County Volunteer Fire Departments; and others.

“We have tremendous love for our community and are proud to show our support,” Community Relations Coordinator Caroline Tinsley Porter said. “Each year, twice a year these grants provide a small way for us to give back to those we care so much about.”

Members who participate in PEC’s Power of Change round-up program make the grant program possible. Participants elect to round up their electric bills to the nearest dollar each month, and the combined funds support PEC Community Grants and other community giving efforts.

Members interested in supporting local nonprofits may enroll in Power of Change via SmartHub, by phone, on their payment slip or by visiting a PEC office.