POWER UP FAQs
What is the POWER UP mission?
The program mission is to accumulate funds and reinvest the money in our communities by providing bill-pay assistance to qualified GVEC members and community grants to local nonprofit groups and civic organizations for community development and improvement projects.
I’m a GVEC member. How do I participate in the POWER UP program?
How does the POWER UP program work?
The electric bills of GVEC members are rounded up to the nearest dollar each month, and the difference in change is donated to the POWER UP Community Fund. For example, if a bill is $114.76, it will be rounded up to $115.00. The difference between the actual bill and the rounded up amount—24 cents—will be donated to POWER UP. The amount donated could be as little as a penny, but not more than 99 cents. The donation will appear as a line item on the GVEC member’s electric bill.
How are funds distributed and to whom?
About 20 percent of the funds are used for community assistance, distributed each month through area Council of Government offices to help low-income and elderly GVEC members pay their electric bills. Members must qualify for bill-pay assistance through guidelines set by GVEC and the COG offices.
Approximately 80% of POWER UP funds are distributed through community grants to nonprofit groups and civic organizations involved in community development and improvement projects in the GVEC service area with a focus on education, youth programs, health care, community development, civic and community outreach, and public safety/service organizations. Applications for these grants are evaluated by a Grants Review Committee representing GVEC’s service areas. There are two funding cycles a year; application deadlines are February 15 for the April distribution and August 15 for the October distribution. The people, organizations and locations of the community projects do not have to be served by GVEC to be eligible, but the projects must lie within the outer geographical boundary lines of the GVEC service area or have overlapping service areas.
How do GVEC members apply for bill-pay assistance?
GVEC members must contact a Council of Government office to apply.
How do nonprofit groups and civic organizations apply for grants?
An application, along with eligibility information, can be downloaded here. The information is also available at GVEC Customer Service Centers.
Where can I see a list of past grants awarded?
You can find a list of awards and read about some of the community projects in our online POWER UP scrapbook.