Project Bravo
Project Bravo

Project Bravo receives $6M for utility assistance

Project BRAVO received $6,034,939 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds to provide utility assistance to eligible low-income households living in the County of El Paso. These funds supplement Project BRAVO’s 2021 federal allocation of $6.6 million for the same services.

Financially struggling families are encouraged to apply for Project BRAVO services on or before November 12, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after November 12th in order to ensure all 2021 applications are processed and eligible households receive services before the new program year begins in 2022.

To apply for services visit our website or pick up a paper application at the blue mailbox located outside of any Project BRAVO community center. Applications must be complete and have all required documents in order to be reviewed and processed. Complete applications with all required documentation take 2 to 3 weeks to process and notification of eligibility is sent to the applicant. Households are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid disconnection of utilities during the upcoming holidays.

Households that submit an application on or before November 12th and qualify for services may receive gas, propane,  electric, and water utility payments to the end of 2021 with a maximum household benefit of $1,600 for gas/electric payments and up to $1,000.00 for water payments. All payments are made directly to the utility companies. Project BRAVO 2021 clients will receive all utility payments as scheduled and do not need to take further action at this time. All households, including 2021 Project BRAVO clients, must apply on or after January 4, 2022, to receive services in 2022.

“Project BRAVO fully spent $4.5 million in CARES Act funds and we have almost fully spent our 2021 federal allocation of $6.6 million designated for utility assistance. These funds will allow us to meet the demand for services that increased due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that continue to affect our community. I highly encourage families that are struggling financially, whether or not it is due to COVID, to apply for help before the November 12th deadline. You do not need to have a disconnection notice to receive help,” says Laura Ponce, Executive Director for Project BRAVO.

For more information on our programs and services visit or call (915) 562-4100 during regular business hours.


About Project BRAVO:

Project BRAVO was established in 1965 as a private nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation. It is the designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for El Paso County. Project BRAVO builds bridges to opportunities that help individuals and families thrive in our Borderland community. Our vision is to bridge access to opportunities for residents of El Paso County to achieve equity and elevate our quality of life through education and social services that lead to self-sufficiency.

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