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, healthcare, community development, civic and community outreach, and public safety/service. 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.