PEC Community Grants
Twice a year, we award community grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations within our service area. Recipients are selected through a competitive application process, and the funds are made up of members’ contributions to the Power of Change program with the cooperative's support.
There are two funding cycles each year; April 1 and Oct. 1. All application materials, including an IRS determination letter, must be received by 5 p.m. on those dates. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it is extended to the next regular business day. The 2017 deadlines are April 3 and Oct. 2.
Applications for the next round will be available Aug. 1.
Applications may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via e-fax at 512-853-8014 or mailed to:
Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Attn: Director, Connections & Community Engagement
P.O. Box 1
Johnson City, TX 78636
Q: How did this program get started?
A: The Community Grants program was established in 2010 after the Board of Directors adopted our Community Giving Program Policy. It expanded in February 2016 with the adoption of the cooperative's Community Support Policy.
Q: Is my organization eligible?
A: An organization must have a non-profit status (either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4)) to be eligible to apply. Additional requirements are outlined in the Community Grants eligibility requirements.
Please note: If your organization previously received funding through the Community Grants program, you must sit out one application cycle before submitting an application for a new project.
Q: What kinds of projects qualify?
Q: What is considered a capital improvement?
A: Capital improvements consist of additions or changes to a property that increase its value or useful life or adapt it for a new use. That may include substantial repairs to building infrastructure and systems or components beyond those addressed through normal operations and maintenance (for example, improvements to lighting, HVAC systems or solar installations). They may include renovations necessary to bring a facility up to current building codes, standards or technologies, and projects that improve functionality, energy efficiency or space utilization. Capital improvements may also address modifications necessary due to changes of use or new business requirements.
PEC reviews each community grant application for these components.
Q: What are some examples of equipment related to energy efficiency?
A: In addition to energy management systems, common components include energy efficient windows, appliances, lighting and HVAC systems, as well as upgraded insulation. For quick, no or low-cost conservation tips, visit PEC’s Do-It-Yourself Tools & Tips.
Q: Does my organization’s Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification issued by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office meet the Community Grant application’s IRS determination letter requirement?
A: No, you must provide the determination letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service in order to be considered for the PEC Community Grants program.
Q: What should be included in the project budget?
A: Documentation of costs (bids/quotes) and funding sources (private, local, federal, state or municipal/county funding) should be submitted as part of the project budget. A sample budget is available here (Excel).
Q: How much are the grants?
A: Up to $5,000 will be awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations for qualified projects located within, or in a community surrounded by, our service area.
Q: Where does the funding come from?
A: Our Community Grants program is funded through members’ voluntary contributions to the Power of Change program with the cooperative's support.
Q: How will the grant recipients be selected?
A: Once an application is received, our staff will ensure both the organization and the proposed project are eligible, and the application will be scored based on the evaluation factors listed in the Community Grants eligibility requirements. A separate five-person committee of our employees will then review the scoring to ensure it is consistent. The highest scoring applications will be funded. Recipients will be notified and sent letter agreements to sign and return to us, certifying that they will use the awarded funds in accordance with the projects described in their respective applications.
If you have questions not found above regarding our Community Grants program, email them to email@example.com.