PEC Community Grant applications now open

Apply by October 2 deadline

Pedernales Electric Cooperative is committed to caring for the communities it serves. The cooperative is now accepting applications for community grants and encourages nonprofits within, or surrounding PEC’s service territory to apply for up to $5,000 grants. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 2.

PEC awards grants twice a year and nonprofits who receive them can use funds to support projects related to technology, capital improvements, and energy efficiency. PEC’s latest grants provided $33,000 to local nonprofits. Since launching the program in 2016, PEC has provided more than $363,000 in funding to more than 87 organizations.

“Together with our members we’re proud to power important projects that Texas Hill Country nonprofits are working on to better our communities,” said PEC Community Relations Manager Celeste Mikeska. “By enrolling in our Power of Change program to round their bills to the nearest dollar, our members are making a profound impact by supporting important initiatives to help a variety of local causes.”

Recent recipient, Wimberley Institute of Cultures recognizes and preserves the archeological history and cultural resources of the Wimberley Valley. It also provides educational programs and social activities to all community members.

“We want to thank PEC for these grant funds that will help us to install our rainwater catchment system,” said Debra Billups, who serves on the nonprofit’s board. “We could not have moved forward so quickly with this project if it hadn’t been for the funding.”

PEC grants are funded exclusively by the generosity of PEC members through the Power of Change program, which allows members to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar for charity. Signing up for Power of Change is easy and allows PEC members to support nonprofits in their community. The average donation is about $6 per year. Members can learn more about PEC’s Power of Change program and enroll today at pec.coop/change. Nonprofits may submit an application for a PEC grant by visiting pec.coop/grants.

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