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  • Thursday, November 05, 2015
    Five local entities get BEC grants
    Five entities in Washington County have received grants from Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.
    BEC has announced that grants totaling $1.2 million were awarded to 38 nonprofit organizations through its community grants program.

    The nonprofits that were awarded grants include volunteer fire departments, food banks, children and women’s advocacy groups, community centers and healthcare and disaster-relief organizations.
    The grants were for capital projects and operational expenses, and ranged from $10,000 to $50,000.
    Among the agencies receiving grants for capital projects were:
    • Washington County Healthy Living Association for its new senior community center.
    • Volunteer Services Council for the Brenham State Supported Living Center for a paved parking lot.
    • Washington County Emergency Medical Services for a ready response vehicle that will be stationed in Chappell Hill.
    • Brenham Main Street Historical Preservation Inc. for audio, video and sound equipment at the Barnhill Center.
    • City of Brenham for new audio, visual and technology resources at its Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library, which is undergoing expansion and renovations.
    “We received so many outstanding grant applications for quality programs and worthy causes that it was hard to narrow it down to the 38 that we chose,” said Ben Flencher, Bluebonnet’s board chairman.
    “There are many great things about serving on Bluebonnet’s board of directors. Choosing which grants to award was at the same time one of the most rewarding and difficult decisions.
    “Fortunately, we have about $1.8 million left in the program. We encourage the organizations that either didn’t put in applications or get chosen this first cycle to submit applications before the next cycle’s Feb. 15 deadline.”
    Bluebonnet received 173 applications during the first grant cycle, requesting $7.78 million. Bluebonnet’s staff scored each application, and the Bluebonnet Board’s Member Experience Committee reviewed staf recommendation and selected finalists to be considered by Bluebonnet’s board.
    Other organizations getting grants were Hospice Brazos Valley for unfunded hospice care, the Carmine Volunteer Fire Department for a new rescue truck or tanker, the city of Somerville complete the final phase of renovation of its library and the Somerville Girls Little League for improvements to field, dugouts, batting cages and bleachers.
    In the next grand cycle, only applications for capital projects will be accepted. Bluebonnet will not award community grants for operational expenses.
    The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 15. More information is available at or by contacting Rachel Ellis, Bluebonnet’s chief administrative officer, at 888 622-2583, extension 7929.