The Nueces Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up program collects over $9,000 each month from NEC members who choose to "round-up" their electric bills to help the community.

"NEC members are generous and NEC wants to put this money to work in our communities on behalf of our members," John Sims, NEC executive manager, said.

Nueces Charities, Inc. was organized by NEC to distribute these funds that are voluntarily contributed to Nueces Electric Cooperative from its members under Operation Round Up. "According to the Nueces Charities Articles of Incorporation, the funds must be given to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide direct educational, health, welfare, and other human services within the service area of Nueces Electric Cooperative," Sims said.

The grant program requires an application and review process and is designed to help choose programs, organizations and projects that will best put this money to work for members' communities. Any eligible community service project or program, with an IRS 501(c)(3) status, that serves within Nueces, Kenedy, Kleberg, Jim Wells, Duval, Live Oak, McMullen or Brooks counties is encouraged to apply, Sims said.

The first quarter review of grant applications for 2008 will be conducted in February. Eligible organizations are asked to visit www.nueceselectric.org and download an application packet to obtain more information.

Organizations should complete and submit the completed application by the next grant period deadline, which is Feb.1. The second quarter deadline will be May 1. Application packets may also be obtained in the NEC office at 709 E. Main Ave. in Robstown.

For more information, please contact Sarah Fisher at 387-2581.