Arab Electric Cooperative, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Arab Emergency Relief Fund have come together to help those who need assistance paying their electric bills – to the tune of $30,000.

The Tennessee Valley Authority established the Community Cares Fund to assist non-profit organizations such as the Arab Emergency Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to TVA power providers like AEC to help customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

TVA is donating $15,000 to Arab Emergency Relief and Arab Electric is matching that contribution for a total of $30,000 to assist area residents with power bills.

The $30,000 is being administered by the Arab Emergency Relief Committee.

To qualify to receive funding, residents must be a customer of Arab Electric Cooperative and have a past due bill – either residential or small business.

Residential customers can qualify for a one-time assistance of $200 and small businesses can qualify for a one-time assistance of up to $400.

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