Ten More Power Up Grants Awarded
The Power Up community grant program continues to grow, with ten more Power Up grants awarded to nonprofit organizations totaling approximately $165,986. These grants, made possible by the generous donations of GVEC members supporting the charitable Power Up program, provide funding assistance for community projects .
Since the first grant distribution in 2012, more than $2.3 million in grants have helped fund 147 community projects benefiting GVEC members. These projects range from the purchase of life-saving equipment for first responders and medical facilities to the renovation of local museums, parks, historic places and community meeting spaces.
2019 Cycle 1 Power Up Grant Recipients
In the most recent round of distributions, grants awarded during this cycle include: $3,294.00 to the Yoakum Economic Development Corporation, for downtown lighting; $20,000 to the Lifeway Baptist Church School, Cuero, for the purchase of new playground equipment; $18,000 to Seguin Little League, for shade structures; $20,000 to Meyersville Fireman’s Association, to help build a new fire station; $15,892 to Hope Community Center, Hope, for updates to bathrooms and the AC unit; $20,000 to Yorktown Western Days Association, for park power; $20,000 to Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, for community venue renovation; $20,000 to the Texas Agricultural Education and Heritage Center, Seguin, for the Heritage Village electrical enhancement project; $8,800 to the Lockhart Cemetery Association, Cuero, for the purchase of new grounds-keeping equipment; and $20,000 to the Ottine Volunteer Fire Department, Gonzales, for the purchase of a new fire engine.
Applying For A Power Up Grant
“Applying for a Power Up grant is becoming more competitive as an increasing number of organizations learn about the program,” says Shari Johnson, GVEC representative. “We receive applications for many worthwhile projects but can only select a few each distribution cycle. If you didn’t receive a grant this time around, don’t be discouraged. We urge you to apply again and to come by or call anytime. We have staff members here to answer your questions and assist with the application process. They’ll do everything possible to assure you submit a well-prepared packet.”
The next application deadline for the Power Up community grant program is August 15, 2019. For program qualifications and an application, visit gvec.org. Or call Shari Johnson, GVEC representative, at 830.857.1149 for assistance. Grant applications are also available at GVEC’s five area offices.
The Yoakum Economice Development Corportation accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $3,294. This grant will fund the second part of a two-phase holiday lighting project designed to enhance and strengthen the City of Yoakum downtown area. Pictured L to R: Yoakum Mayor Pro Tem Elorine Sitka, Yoakum COC member Shannon Blaschke, GVEC Representative Christine Presley, Yoakum COC President Miranda Wenske, GVEC Representative Shari Johnson and Yoakum EDC Director Chuck Dart.
The Lockhart Cemetery Association, Cuero, accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $8,800. This grant will be used for new groundskeeping equipment to help cleanup, restore and preserve the grounds at Lockhart Community Cemetery. Pictured L to R: GVEC Representative Carolyn Morrow; LCA Board Member Johnell Price; LCA volunteers Tom Coleman, Herman Fryer, Jimmy H. Grant, Jr. and LCA President George McNary.
Lifeway Baptist Church School, Cuero, accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $20,000. This grant will be used to replace playground equipment damaged and destroyed in Hurricane Harvey. GVEC Cuero Office Manager Kim Picena (front row, far left) and GVEC Representative Carolyn Morrow (front row, far right) presented a check to Lifeway Baptist Church School Director Cindy Koopmans (front row, second from left) children’s minister Kecia Haas (front row, third from right), pictured with school staff members of and some of their students on hand to accept the award.
The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture accepts a Power Up grant for $20,000. This grant will be used to help fund their community room renovation. Pictured L to R: GVEC Representative Carolyn Morrow, Yorktown COC Executive Director Tammy Bitterly, Yorktown EDC Vice President Mark Weischwill, Office Administrator Lorene Migura, Yorktown EDC and COC President Jennifer Webb, Yorktown City Manager John Barth and Yorktown EDC Secretary/Treasurer Barry Watson.
The Yorktown Western Days Association accepts a Power Up grant for $20,000. This grant will be used for new park power. Pictured L to R: GVEC Representative Carolyn Morrow, Event Coordinator Tammy Bitterly, Office Administrator Lorene Migura, Secretary Peggy Savage and Reporter Debbie Yount.
The Meyersville Fireman’s Association, Meyersville, accepts a Power Up grant for $20,000. This grant aids in the construction of a new fire station. GVEC Representatives Shari Johnson and Carolyn Morrow (far right) present a check to Meyersville Fireman’s Association members (pictured in no particular order) Bruce Gohmert, Bryan Haun, Rev. John Boor, Vance J. Egg, Charles Egg, Arlyn Seiler, Robert Moore, Brian Wendel, Joe Knox, Lloyd Copeland and Jimmy Warner.
The Seguin Little League accepts a Power Up grant for $18,000. The grant will be used to consturct shade structures at the Little League fields. Seated, pictured L to R: Little League President Jason Harrison, Leadership Seguin Member Carmen Anderson, Little League Player Ellie Anderson, Leadership Seguin Member Jeremy Garza, and Little League Vice President Korey Patek. Standing, pictured L to R: Leadership Seguin Member Jill Nash, GVEC Grants Committee Member Steve Tschoepe, Leadership Seguin Member Maria Corriveau, Leadership Seguin Member Eric Farmer, GVEC Board Member Shawn Martinez, Leadership Seguin Member Coryelle Smith, Little League Board Member William Rangel, City of Seguin Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Crystal Miranda and GVEC Representative Shari Johnson.
The Texas Agriculture Education and Heritage Center, Seguin, accepts a Power Up grant for $20,000. The grant will be used to improve existing and build new electrical infrastructure, as well as add a new HVAC system to the church. Pictured L to R: GVEC Grants Committee Member Steve Tschoepe, GVEC Representative Shari Johnson, GVEC Grants Committee Member Elaine Stephens, TAEHC Board President Kerry Koehler, TAEHC Treasurer Ron Heinemeyer, TAEHC Board Member David W. Reiley, TAEHC Board Member Kay Willmann, TAEHC Board Member Wilfred Bartoskewitz, GVEC Representative Kasie Tankersley, Lions Club Member Don McFarland and GVEC Board Member Shawn Martinez.
The Hope Community Center board members accept a Power Up grant for $15,892. This grant will be used for restroom and AC updates to the community center. Pictured L to R: Hope Community Center Baord Member Annette Boone, Board President Janet Absher, Board Vice President Andy Evans, Board Treasurer Shawn Bible, Board Member Brandon Absher and GVEC Representative Shari Johnson.
The Ottine Volunteer Fire Department, accepts Power Up grant for $20,000. This grant aided in the purchase of Engine 35 from Gonzales Fire Department. Pictured L to R: GVEC Board Member Henry “Bubba” Schmidt Jr., GVEC Representative Christine Presley, GVEC Representative Casie Boos, Fire Chief John Everett, Secretary Debbie Everett, Volunteer Fireman Bobby White, GVEC Board Member Morris Harvey.