Fifty charitable nonprofit agencies in Southeast Texas will get a boost for their programs from Entergy Texas’ Community Partnership Grants program, slated to award $45,000 this year. Since Entergy began the program in 1994, $500,000 has been awarded to deserving projects.

“The Community Partnership Grants program remains one of our most popular,” said Vernon Pierce, customer service director. “It’s easy to apply for and provides funding for programs large and small. It’s often a perfect fit for projects in rural communities that might be small, yet important to that library or school or museum.”

This year’s grant recipients and the amounts they received include the following Orange County groups:

• Advocates for Children, $900, a CASA program.
• American Red Cross, $900, Babysitters Camp for Youth Achievement.
• Boy Scouts of America, Troop 402, $500, community services.
• City of Pinehurst, $900, public education.
• Faith United Methodist Church, $900, Kidz Adventure Camp.
• Friends of the Bridge City Public Library, $900, Summer Reading and Pre-K Reading programs.
• Greater Orange Area Literacy Service, $900, programming.
• Greater St. Paul Christian Fellowship, $900, early childhood development-A Jump Start with Head Start.
• Lamar State College-Orange, $870, College for Kids summer program.
• Lutcher Theater $900, Spencer’s Theater of Illusion for area foster children.
• Neighborhood Development Corp., $900, Homeless to Homes program.
• Orange Christian Services, $900, milk program for children.
• Orange County Association for Retarded Citizens, $900, training class.
• Orangefield High School, $900, school agriculture center.
• Southeast Texas Hospice, $900, Adopt-a-Family project.