Press Release

Congressman Cuellar Holds Grants Tour in Bexar, Wilson, Atascosa, McMullen County

Congressman Henry Cuellar’s (D-TX28) grants coordinators met with city and county officials in Bexar, Wilson, Atascosa, and McMullen counties during the week of August 12th through 15th.  The grants team assists individuals, businesses and organizations in applying for loans and grants from federal agencies such as, United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Department of Justice, among others. 

“We send a lot of tax dollars to DC and I want to bring back as much of that money as possible to invest in our local communities,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar. “I will continue to work with the cities, counties, and businesses across TX28 to ensure that federal resources continue to be allocated to pressing local needs. This year, my office helped secure federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program for the cities of Pleasanton, Jourdanton, and Poteet., and Converse  These funds have allowed these cities to purchase new fire trucks and new equipment. In the past years, my office helped secure an earmark from the Environmental Protection Agency to secure a new clean water well for the City of La Vernia as well as an earmark to provide additional funding to police forces in Poth and La Vernia." 

In their meetings with city and county officials, Congressman Cuellar’s grants coordinators discussed improvements to water and infrastructure systems, plans for a new sewage plant, the positive impact of the Eagle Ford Shale, potential green energy programs, plans for land acquisition, the application process for housing loans and grants, park improvements, and plans to improve water pumping capacity. 

For assistance with a federal grant or loan application, contact Juan Sanchez at or 956-725-0639 or Mary Hinojosa at or 202-225-1640.

Grants Tour Itinerary

Bexar County:                                              

-          Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce

-          City of Converse

-          City of Windcrest

-          City of Selma

-          City of Live Oak

-          City of Universal City

-          City of Elmendorf

-          Northeast Lakeview College

-          City of San Antonio

-          San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

-          Small Business Association San Antonio District Office

Mary and Juan meet with Converse Mayor Al Suarez

Mary and Juan meet with City of Elmendorf Administrator Cody Dailey and Chief of Police Michael Pimentel

City of Selma, L-R: Johnny Casias-Assistant City Administrator, Mary Hinojosa, Juan Sanchez, Pete Arguello – Bexar County Outreach Coordinator, and Ken Robert- City Administrator

Universal City, L-R: Randy Luensmann-Director of Public Works, Mayor John Williams, Fire Chief Ralph Wallace, Assistant Police Chief Bill Gabbard, City Manager Ken Taylor

Mary and Juan with City of Live Oak Mayor Mary Dennis and City Councilman Ed Cimics

Mary and Juan meet with officials from the City of Windcrest

Mary and Juan meet with Northeast Lakeview College officials

Mary and Juan meet with Eduardo Carrasco, Senior International Relations Specialist with the City of San Antonio

Mary and Juan meet with various officials from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Wilson County:

-          City of Floresville

-          City of La Vernia

-          Wilson County Judge

L-R: Mary Hinojosa – Grants Coordinator, Angela Cantu- La Vernia City Secretary, La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory, Jennifer Kolbe- Executive Director of La Vernia Municipal District, and Juan Sanchez – Grants Coordinator

Mary and Juan meet with Wilson County Judge, Marvin Quinney

L-R: Interim City Manager Reggie Winters, Floresville Mayor Diana Garza, Wilson County Commissioner Precinct 1 Albert Gamez, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt

Atascosa and McMullen Counties:

-          City of Jourdanton

-          City of Poteet

-          City of Lytle

-          McMullen County Judge

Meeting with Jourdanton City Manager Dan Nick

Mary and Juan with Poteet Mayor Larry Cantu (L) and City Manager Scott Moore (R)

Mary and Juan meet with McMullen County Judge James Teal

Mary and Juan meet with Lytle City Manager Josie Campa