There are many factors that affect quality of life for those of us in Texas’ Gulf Coast region: family, friends, neighbors, entertainment, recreation and more.

Some contributions to quality of life can be more subtle, yet have a lasting impact for us all.

These can include green spaces, streetscapes and performance spaces, among many options that can make our communities even better places to live.

We at Texas-New Mexico Power would like to help encourage such community enhancements this spring by funding TNMP Power Up Grants.

These $15,000 grants, through the TNMP Fund of our corporate foundation, can be made to qualifying nonprofit organizations.

These organizations can apply online — no later than May 31 — with funding to be provided this summer.

Visit tnmp.com/grants to review requirements and to apply online.

Applications will be considered for projects that will be developed in areas served by TNMP, which include Dickinson, Friendswood, La Marque, League City and Texas City.

TNMP Power Up Grants will be awarded to the 501c3 organizations that propose the best projects for community and neighborhood revitalization; corridor, street or median improvements; green space creation; or creation of meaningful public spaces.

These descriptions are broad, but can include park amenities, performance spaces, downtown street furniture, recreation areas, first Friday public events and other opportunities.

More examples and resources are available via our website by visiting tnmp.com/grants.

Grants from the TNMP Fund were applied in 2013 in two other areas of the Gulf Coast: solar lighting for a popular walking trail in Alvin and a foot garden and arboretum in West Columbia.

The 2013 grants were environmental in nature, while our T-NMP Power Up Grants in 2014 are intended to provide additional opportunities for community enhancement.

We at TNMP encourage everyone in our service area who is involved with a qualifying nonprofit, and who has community improvements in mind, to consider this opportunity to apply for funding.

We would be very excited to see the grant dollars in action in the Gulf Coast, making our wonderful communities even better.

Pauline Moore is director of Texas-New Mexico Power operations in the Gulf Coast, overseeing employees in offices in Friendswood, League City, Texas City and West Columbia. She has been with the company since 1989. and has served the Gulf Coast area since 2003.

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