Operation RoundUp

What Is Operation RoundUp?

  • As a South Central Indiana REMC member, you have a unique opportunity to support Operation RoundUp
  • Established in 1995, Operation RoundUp began as an extension of the electric cooperative principle “neighbor helping neighbor”
  • So far, SCI REMC members have contributed over $3.8 million in grants to date!
  • Operation RoundUp is a program that provides financial support to organizations and individuals within the 7 counties served by the REMC
  • All that is required is the “rounding up” of your power bill

Upcoming application due dates for Operation RoundUp meetings:

  • Next Application Due Date: August 9, 2023
  • Next Trustee Meeting: August 23, 2023

How It Works

  • Members who participate contribute an average of only $6 per year
  • A few cents from each consumer adds up to a significant amount of assistance
  • Nearly $130,000 is raised annually through Operation RoundUp
  • Your power bill is “rounded-up” to the next highest dollar amount
  • For example, if your actual electric bill is $60.76, it would be rounded up 24 cents to $61
  • The extra cents go directly into a fund called SCI Membership Community Fund Inc., and are administered by a board of trustees made up of representatives from the communities we serve
  • The Community Fund’s mission is to assist with the food, shelter, health, safety, and education needs
  • It helps worthy charitable organizations and civic groups in the counties served by SCI REMC including Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, Putnam, Clay, and Johnson
  • The Fund does not pay power bills
  • If you’re not sure if you participate in Operation RoundUp, call us at (800) 264-7362.

Current Operation RoundUp Trustees

  • Curt Durnil
  • Mary Ann Frame
  • Marce King
  • Steve Deckard
  • Kim Robinson
  • Sally Burks Hardy
  • Michael Fulton

Operation RoundUp Guidelines

What is the purpose of Operation RoundUp?

The purpose of the SCI Membership Community Fund is to accumulate and disburse funds for charitable purposes to individuals, families, groups, and organizations located in the service area of South Central Indiana REMC. The REMC’s service area includes Morgan, Owen, Brown, Monroe, and portions of Johnson, Clay, and Putnam Counties. The source of funds is the REMC’s members who voluntarily participate in a RoundUp program. Each month, those members volunteering to participate, allow their electric bill to be rounded up to the next highest dollar. The amount rounded up is accumulated by the REMC and transferred to the SCI Membership Community Fund.

Who is eligible to apply for funds?

Any individual, family, group, or organization located within South Central Indiana REMC’s service area is eligible to apply for funds. Generally, funds will be provided to meet the needs of applicants that aren’t being met through other sources of means. The maximum amount available to any individual or family is $2,500 per year. The maximum amount available to any group or organization is $10,000 per year. Under extenuating circumstances, additional funding may be available to individuals, families, groups, or organizations if approved by all of the Trustees who are responsible for administering the Fund. Receiving organizations are required to submit a final report.

What is not eligible for funding?

The following will not be eligible to receive funding:

  • Candidates for political office, political parties, or any political purpose
  • Activities or requests that lack solid community support
  • Payment of utility bills
  • Salaries
How does an individual or organization apply for funding?

All applications will be reviewed by a 7-member Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will meet no less than quarterly and may meet more frequently as determined by the number of applications that are received. Applicants will be notified within 30 days following action by the Board of Trustees on their application.

Recipient organizations are required to submit a final report within 6 months of receiving the funds.

May 2023 Grant Recipients

In May 2023, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

SCI REMC’s Operation RoundUp Trustees met on May 17, 2023, and awarded $26,737.00 in grants to 16 different organizations within our service territory.

Application Project or Program Grant Amount Awarded
St. Vincent de Paul of Brown County Back to School Program $1,000
Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Co. Equipment – Streamlight Lights and Survivors $645
God’s Grace, Inc. On the Road Again Program – Brown County $2,500
Habitat for Humanity – Brown County Building Comm/Wall Walkers/Brush with Kindness – Ramps $2,000
Spencer First Church of the Nazarene Community Garden – Fence / Shed / Various Replacements $500
Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Dept. Inflatable Boat with Motor and Life Jackets $1,000
Monrovia Police Dept. Body Cameras $1,425
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Food for Food Pantry $3,000
Purdue Extension Be Heart Smart and Dining with Diabetes Programs $920
Owen Valley Fire Territory Cordless Tools for New Rescue Engine $3,662
A Senior Retreat Senior Services, Inc. Water Treatment Improvement $1,825
Desert Rose Foundation, Inc. Replace Indoor Lighting System with LED Light Fixtures $1,500
Cancer Support Community South Central Indiana AED Expenses/Program Materials/CPR Class $910
Special Olympics of Morgan County Summer Games Entry Fees for 35 Participants $2,100
Beacon, Inc. Commercial Washers and Dryers $1,250
Individual Grant Assist with Costs of Well Installation $2,500