Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation
The Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation was formed in late 2006 to expand the commitment to our members and the communities we serve and is funded through our Operation Round Up program and our subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies.
The Foundation provides monetary assistance to Blue Ridge Electric members struggling to pay their electric bills as well as local non-profit organizations that provide other types of assistance to our members.Individual members seeking assistance work through local help agencies like the Department of Social Services and We Can to determine eligibility and a volunteer group of members review applications from the non-profit organizations for a once-a-year grant cycle.
Additionally, dozens of local organizations apply and are approved for community grants. A volunteer group of members review applications from the applying non-profit organizations for the annual grant cycle.
The Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation is unique because 100 percent of all members’ donations are returned to the members and their communities. Blue Ridge Electric covers the minimal administrative costs.
In 2012, the Foundation began offering Impact Grants in order to provide greater impact funding to qualifying organizations.
The Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation’s annual grant cycle is closed for 2013. Forty-eight applications were received and the grant awards will be announced in December.
What Types of needs are eligible for funding?
Organizations are encouraged to apply for grants in the areas of health, wellness and treatment, education and youth, economic and community development, and environmental enhancement/quality of life. Religious and political organizations are not eligible for funding. Organizations should seek grants to provide specific services that benefit others. General operating expenses should not be requested.
Thanks to over 25,000 members who participate in Operation Round Up programs each month, the Ridge Electric Members Foundation has returned over $1 million to our members and local communities. If you would like to join Operation Round Up or Operation Round Up Plus, just call your local office and say “Round Me Up!”
Apply Today! Click here for the Grant Application.