Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico

Strenthening Community Capital

OUR GOAL is to build equity through the growth and strengthening of community capital: human, social, ecological, cultural, financial and physical. These capitals are the center of our strategic foci: quality education and capacity building, renewable energy, safe housing, potable water, and economic development.

To accomplish it, we award grants, technical assistance, and capacity building.

“We contribute to the development of our communities while promoting social justice”, Dr. Nelson Colón, FCPR’s president.

Learn more about our foci after Hurricane María 

Access to renewable energy

  • Toro Negro, Ciales, became the first solar community in Puerto Rico owned and managed by its residents, connecting 28 homes through 20 microgrid.
  • Pirucho Coop, Caguas, became the first solar community with a cooperative energy model
  • 9 low-income rental homes in Esperanza Village, Juncos, have their own microgrid, recognized as the first solar microgrid certified by the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau.
  • 30 homes in Loiza have solar energy systems
  • 37 community health care clinics with access to solar energy for their emergency rooms and/or refrigerators
  • 1 hydroponic center
  • 3 mobile renewable energy systems
  • 3 community resiliency hubs
  • 6 community aqueducts empowered with solar systems
  • Solarizing the Island of Culebra. The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a $4.1 million grant to Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico for a project that will provide business and nonprofits organization in Culebra access to solar energy and storage infrastructure (in progress).
  • Non-PRASA Back-Up Energy Project: Solar energy system for 242 community aqueducts that include solar panels, a high-efficiency solar pump, complemented by a power generator with transfer switch and fuel storage capacity for three (3) days (in progress).
  • The Puerto Rico Community Energy Resilience Fund (CERF), an ongoing partnership between Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), The Rockefeller Foundation, Resilient Power Puerto Rico (RPPR), and Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico (FCPR), and the Asociación de Consultores y Contratistas de Energía Renovable de PR (ACONER), the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust (PRSTRT) is designed specifically to use blended finance to scale clean-energy solutions to hundreds of critical facilities in Puerto Rico.

Access to Water

Agua Pa ’Nosotros, a program of Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico, provides access to potable water by strengthening the community aqueducts in four essential areas: infrastructure, community organization, administration, and compliance with regulatory agencies.

At present, Agua Pa ’Nosotros has had relations with 102 communities with community aqueducts, of which 65 aqueducts have received technical assistance, 18 communities have received grants to improve their infrastructure; two emergency centers have been developed in communities with community aqueducts; three gatherings among peers have been celebrated, and 13 community aqueducts received grants to support community actions against the Covid-19 pandemic.

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS 

  • Non-PRASA Back-Up Energy Project (FEMA/COR3): Solar energy system for 242 community aqueducts that include solar panels, a high-efficiency solar pump, complemented by a power generator with transfer switch and fuel storage capacity for three (3) days.
  • Puerto Rico Community Aqueducts Network 
  • Strengthening community aqueducts in the southern region of Puerto Rico affected by the earthquakes.

This FCPR program has had the following partners and donors: Hispanic Federation, Global Giving, Oxfam, and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Access to Housing

  • 52 houses reconstructed by 5 community housing development organizations in 15 towns.
  • 26 houses built in Loíza.
  • More than 5,000 people supported in their housing relocation process.

Investing in Community Economic Development

  • $232,500 invested in 11 microenterprise community incubators to provide technical assistance and incentives during different stages of incubation.
  • 3 social enterprises received technical assistance.
  • $644,000 granted to economic development projects.

Students readiness and support for teaches

  • Provided more than 1,300 backpacks and supplies for students.
  • 92 educators from 21 municipalities and 37 schools received funding to strengthen their educational strategies.

#ImpulsoAlCapitalComunitario

FINANCIAL CAPITAL Financial capital is stimulated when the community receives a grant to install water metering equipment. The metering system will allow measuring water consumption per family in order to charge families for the use of the water. This is a very important step for community residents, as the amount charged will allow for maintenance, repair of the infrastructure and, better yet, becoming self-sustainable. 

PHYSICAL CAPITAL Physical capital is strengthened through infrastructure improvements facilitated by grants, such as the ones given to support repairs and reinforcement of community aqueducts. It is also evident in each house rehabilitated through a Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs).

HUMAN CAPITAL  Human capital is strengthened with capacity building and education received by community members in areas like incubation of micro-enterprises, housing development, and teachers’ leadership skills. It’s also reinforced with each scholarship awarded to support youth education.

SOCIAL CAPITAL  Social capital is strengthened with the development and expansion of networks and alliances that promote long-term relationships and build trust. This is evident when 75 community aqueducts leaders convened at the Corujas community in Aguas Buenas to share lessons learning and experiences. 

ECOLOGICAL CAPITAL  Environmental capital is present in each solar energy project but also in grants made to support hydroponics, replant coral reefs, plant coffee, and create water collection and treatment systems for consumption.

CULTURAL CAPITAL Cultural capital is present through education and the dissemination of history and traditions and their conversion into economic activity. The support given to creative industries and to teachers to implement innovative strategies in the classroom are strategies set forth by the Foundation.