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GVEC members pool pennies to help others


GONZALES Applications are being accepted for a grant funding opportunity newly created through the generosity of members of the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC). Called the POWER UP Community Fund, this charitable program will be awarding grants to nonprofit groups involved in community improvement projects in the GVEC service area.

What makes the program so unique is how GVEC members are funding it they are literally turning their small change into big change for their communities by pooling pennies from their monthly electric bills. Since last July, electric bills of participating members have been rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the difference in change donated to Power Up. For example, an electric bill for $125.75 would be rounded up to $126, providing a donation of 25 cents.

“GVEC members are passionate about their communities, and even in tight economic times, they want to give back to their neighbors. By pooling their pennies each month, the Power Up fund makes it possible for members to come together to make a significant impact in their areas with a relatively small monthly donation” said Darren Schauer, GVEC general manager and CEO.

Grant funds will be distributed for projects focusing on education, youth programs, health care, community development, civic and community outreach, or public safety/service.

There will be two funding cycles per year. The first application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15 for an April distribution and Wednesday, Aug. 15, for an October distribution. The people, organizations and locations of the projects do not have to be served by GVEC to be eligible, but the projects must lie within the geographical boundaries of the GVEC service territory.

For program information and applications, visit or call Barbara Kuck, GVEC Public Relations Manager, at 830-857-1116. Applications are also available at GVEC’s five area offices.

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