UTPA's Southwest Border Nonprofit Resource Center seeking proposals for grants
Contact: Office of University Relations 956-381-2741
Posted: 05/05/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American's Southwest Border Nonprofit Resource Center is accepting requests for proposals for competitive grants it plans to give to local charitable organizations.

Starting May 10, the center will accept proposals from nonprofit, faith-based and community groups serving Hidalgo and Starr Counties for grants up to $20,000. The UTPA program's Stronger Together Initiative is overseeing the local funds.

Local U.S. congressmen are collaborating with UTPA's Southwest Border Nonprofit Resource Center's Stronger Together Initiative to administer new federal funding the SBNRC was awarded to strengthen area nonprofit organizations' expertise in providing assistance to residents of Hidalgo and Starr counties during the national economic downturn and recovery. Pictured left to right are Desiree Mendez-Caltzonztint, Office of Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15); Victor Martin De Leon, Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28); and Lucila Lagace, director, SBNRC's Stronger Together Initiative.

Earlier this year, the center received almost $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Strengthening Communities Fund, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Of the total amount, the center has set aside $300,000 to give to local nonprofits to help them serve the Upper Rio Grande Valley.

To read more about the grants, visit

Completed proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. June 11.

The application is available:

• online at;

• by e-mail at;

• at the UTPA ITT Building room 1.404R;

• at selected sites in Hidalgo and Starr Counties ; and

• by mail.

For more information, call 956/292-7566.