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Jul 30, 2013 1:56 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

$500k in Grants Up for Grabs in Hillcrest Neighborhood

CORPUS CHRISTI - Citgo is calling all non-profits to hurry and apply for free cash to help grow and beautify the Hillcrest neighborhood. Citgo began the "Hands for Hillcrest" program last year with plans to invest 1.5 million dollars into the Hillcrest community over a three year period.

A panel of community leaders will help select which applicants are funded for the 2013 year. Doctor Anne Matula is on of the seven committee members who explains just what they're looking for this year.

"The priority is to find what will build the community and what areas of need in the Hillcrest neighborhood their grant would address," Dr. Matula said.

The committee will help pick local non-profit organizations that will be granted part of the 500-thousand dollars up for grabs. The funds are available thanks to Citgo and Dr. Matula explains why Citgo choose that neighborhood.

"That's where they operate that's where their employees come to work everyday and their good neighbors they want to do what they can to help the Hillcrest neighborhood make improvements that the neighborhood would like to have," Dr. Matula said.

She says, the panel is focusing on four separate categories when it comes to selecting applicants for the grant money, areas that include focus on educational benefits, health concerns, environmental issues and job development there in the neighborhood.

Last year, various organizations were selected to receive money to pay for their projects.

"Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Bethune Nursery, the Literacy Council those were some other recipients," Dr. Matula said.

Those same non-profits are eligible to apply again this year and the deadline to submit applications is two short days away. So, to apply by Thursday Dr. Matula says provide a brief background of your organization and include additional elements.

"Cost effectiveness of the activities they propose, the priority nature of the activities they propose as to how they will help the residents of the Hillcrest neighborhood. The focus is what can we all pitch in to do using this great generous donation by Citgo to improve a very historical neighborhood in our city," Dr. Matula said.

Application reviews will start in August and the money will be granted to the groups selected by September, and in turn allow for more growth in a neighborhood that residents say, just needs a little TLC.

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