Yes, our cooperative Attorney has reviewed the bylaws of the Power of Change program and filed all of the documentation to implement the program. In addition, all campaigning of the program has been done through several communication channels to inform our membership of the program and their option to participate or choose not to participate.
Yes, all donations made to the Power of Change program are tax -exempt. Your December electric bill will show your total contribution for the year.
No, those eligible to apply for funds include groups and organizations located within Ravalli County. Applicants need not be members of REC to apply.
No, there are other programs available for people needing assistance with utility bills.
A list of funds distributed will be available on our website , featured periodically in our monthly Rural Montana Magazine and other communication channels.
Applications from organizations should be targeted to specific projects or program support. Funds will not be distributed to individuals, political groups, fundraisers, churches or religious organizations.
Any organization within Ravalli County may apply for funding. Based on the program guidelines this includes: non-profits, community-based or volunteer organizations, educational, civic organizations, and emergency response agencies to name a few.
The program is run by a volunteer committee made up of 5 REC members. The board reviews applications and makes decisions regarding approval and funding levels within the guidelines of the Power of Change bylaws.
Yes, you may contribute additional fund to the program at any time.
Yes, members may join or rejoin the Power of Change program at any time.