Operation Round Up Grants
Since 1936, Boone REMC has been committed to improving our members’ quality of life. This tradition continues with our community service program called Operation Round Up. Members participate by agreeing to have their monthly energy bill amount rounded up to the next whole dollar. On average, these individual contributions amount to 50 cents a month, or about $6 a year.
Yet, taken together, these contributions add up to something pretty remarkable: thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships. The collected funds are placed into an independent 501(c)(3) trust and disbursed through a grant process. An independent board of trustees meets bi-monthly to review grant requests, and Operation Round Up contributions are then used in the local area for charitable and educational purposes
These grants are awarded in amounts up to $10,000 and make a big impact on our community. Learn more about eligibility and restrictions below, or contact us for more information.
To be eligible to receive an Operation Round Up grant, applicants must:
- Be non-profit groups and organizations that serve communities located within the Boone REMC service territory.
- Make a grant request that qualifies in the categories of community service, economic development, education and youth, environment, disaster relief, or any combination of the preceding.
Each year, the Operation Round Up Board also provides a $1,000 scholarship to Lebanon, Western, Boone, Zionsville, Sheridan, and Trader’s Point high schools to award to a deserving student.
If applying for a grant, please note that some restrictions apply:
- Contributions will generally be made only to nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).
- Contributions will generally not be made for lobbying, political, and religious organizations; veteran, fraternal, and labor organizations; fundraising dinners, raffles, and other events; individuals; capital fund campaigns; national fund drives; advertising; or ongoing operational expenses.
- Contributions for academic purposes or projects that directly impact the classroom will be made to the school corporation’s education foundation. Those seeking grants through the school system should apply directly to the education foundation and not to Operation Round Up.
Upcoming Grant Cycle
The deadline to submit applications is the first Friday of the months the ORU board meets (Feb., Apr., Jun., Aug., Oct., Dec.).
How to Donate
Participation in Operation Round Up is completely optional. If you would like to opt-out, please complete and submit the form below.
As a Boone REMC member, no action is required on your part to donate. New members are automatically enrolled in the Operation Round Up program, and your contributions will appear as a separate line item on your energy bills. If you do not wish to participate, please contact us to be removed from the program, complete and return the form included in your new member packet, or fill out the form below.