Project DESERVE

Providing emergency assistance with energy costs. 

As one of the first programs in the country involving a for-profit business and a non-profit agency working together to meet the special needs of people, Project DESERVE has served as the role model for similar programs around the country.

Money for Project DESERVE comes from the Project DESERVE Trust Fund and Evergy employees and customers.

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How Project DESERVE can help

Project DESERVE provides emergency assistance paying energy costs for people with a severe disability (children or adults meeting Social Security disability criteria), older adults (people 65 years or older) and income-eligible households.

Applicants may receive a one-time payment of up to $100-$300, depending on their eligibility, to be applied toward an energy bill over a rolling 12-month period.

Center of Hope determines eligibility based on need and household income. If you think you might be eligible for Project DESERVE assistance, please contact Center of Hope at 316-219-2121 or Evergy at 800-383-1183.

To receive up to $300, you must:

  • Be 65 years or older
  • Receive permanent disability income from SSI or SSD

To receive up to $100, you must meet the income eligibility guidelines below:

Household Net income
(not including food stamps)
Size
Annual
Monthly
1 $13,850
$1,154
2 $15,800
$1,317
3 $17,800
$1,483
4 $19,750
$1,646
5 $21,350
$1,779
6 $22,950
$1,913
7 $24,500
$2,042
8 $26,100
$2,175