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The City of Gladewater was recently named a 2013 grant recipient of the Anice Read Fund, a grant program of the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) and the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT).  Gladewater was awarded $2,500.00 to assist with completion of a downtown lighting project. The downtown lighting project is has been made possible through a cooperative effort from  the city of Gladewater, the Gladewater Main Street Program, the Gladewater Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO), and private donors.    

The Anice Read Fund was formed in 1999 to honor the legacy of Anice Read of Austin, East Texas Gusher Days.  Anice was a tireless supporter of Texas downtowns and is credited with founding TDA and bringing the Main Street program model to the state.  Three years after her retirement, following a battle with cancer, Mrs. Read passed away on November 30, 1999.

The first grants from the Anice Read Fund were awarded in 2000. Since that time, more than $65,000.00 has been awarded, leveraging more than $4.6 million for downtown projects. 

Grants from the Anice Read Fund are only available to members of the TDA and must have a downtown element to be eligible. Projects considered include physical projects, professional development, or program development.

Day to day operations of the Anice Read Fund are managed by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) in Dallas, which oversees funds organizations, families and businesses from across Texas.  TDA chose this partnership so that donors to the fund could receive the maximum tax benefit permitted by the law.  

The Texas Downtown Association, established in 1985, is a statewide nonprofit organization comprised of almost 400 members involved in downtown revitalization projects.  TDA provides resources to members through networking opportunities, marketing, education and advocacy to achieve community goals.  For more information, visit