COMMUNITY GRANTS TO SUPPORT PROJECTS IN LA GRANGE, FAYETTEVILLE

  

Two recent grants will benefit organizations in Fayette County.

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded a $25,000 grant to the Fayetteville Community Center Group.  The grant, along with over $2 million in matching funds from the nonprofit, will pay for the first phase of construction for a new arts and cultural center in Fayetteville.

The project is rebuilding two historic buildings on Fayetteville’s town square to provide space for arts instruction, performances and meeting rooms for community and civic groups.  The second phase of the project will add a 150-seat theater and catering kitchen.

Meanwhile, the LCRA and City of La Grange presented a $23,500 grant to Crosspoint Community Church, the only designated Red Cross shelter in Fayette County.  The grant, coinciding with $6,500 in matching funds and in-kind donations from the church and its members, will help add a generator to ensure power remains available at the site, so that it can continue to safely house people affected by storms, wildfires or other emergencies.

The church’s fellowship hall sheltered over 150 people during Winter Storm Uri in 2021.  The hall did not lose power during the event, but county and church leadership decided obtaining a backup power source would be valuable for instances when electrical service may be lost.  The generator will be mounted on a trailer so it can also serve other facilities in the area when needed.

The grants are two of 44 awarded recently through the LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program.  Applications for the next round of grants will open in July at https://lcra.org/cdpp

LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives award a $25,000 grant to the Fayetteville Community Center Group for construction of an arts and cultural center. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Kate Ramzinski, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Cassie Austin, Fayette County court administrator; Ben Kastleman, advisory committee member; Sherry Murphy, Bluebonnet community representative, Giddings area; Mike Stroup, Fayetteville mayor; Byron Balke, Bluebonnet board assistant secretary/treasurer and director, District 6; Margaret D. “Meg” Voelter, LCRA Board member; Pam Reynolds, Craig Moreau and John Reynolds, advisory committee members; Luke Sternadel, Fayette County commissioner, Precinct 2; Reid Bader, advisory committee member; Fred Roberts, FCCG board treasurer; and Keely Mikolajchak, Bluebonnet intern. Pictured behind in backhoe: Wesley Russell, Gaeke Construction.
(courtesy LCRA)
LCRA and City of La Grange representatives present a $23,500 grant to Crosspoint Community Church for a new generator for its fellowship hall, which also serves as a community emergency shelter. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Kate Ramzinski, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Roy Bolton, elder; Chris Little, lead pastor; Margaret D. “Meg” Voelter, LCRA Board member; Paul Biles, elder; Roy “Butch” Moore, deacon and Crosspoint head of disaster relief; Stephen Kelly, church member and Fayette County Firefighters Association president; Jan Dockery, mayor; Cassie Austin, Fayette County court administrator; and Jack Thompson, city manager.
(courtesy LCRA)
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