As an SCI REMC member, you have a unique opportunity to support Operation RoundUp®, a program that provides financial support to organizations and individuals within the seven counties served by the REMC. And all that is required is the “rounding up” of your power bill.
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 $3.3 million in grants to date!
Upcoming application due dates for Operation RoundUp meetings:
Next Application Due Date: October 14, 2020
Next Trustee Meeting: October 28, 2020
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. The extra cents go directly into a fund called SCI Membership Community Fund Inc, and is administered by a board of trustees made up of representatives from the communities we serve.
For example, if your actual electric bill is $60.76, it would be rounded up 24 cents to $61.00. The Community Fund mission is to assist with the food, shelter, health, safety and education needs in the counties served by SCI REMC including Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, Putnam, Clay, and Johnson. It helps worthy charitable organizations and civic groups. The Fund does not pay power bills.
If you're not sure if you participate in Operation RoundUp, call us at 1-800-264-7362.
Current Operation RoundUp Trustees
Mary Ann Frame
NOTE: Grant applicants are required to sign and submit the Assurances & Certifications form with the application.
In April 2020, grants were awarded to the following organizations:
• Back to Basics Project - $750 for pet food pantry
• Hoosier Hills Food Bank - $3,000 for food assistance
• LIFEDesigns, Inc - $2,000 for fire & security system upgrades to group homes
• Mother Hubbard's Cupboard - $5,000 for emergency food assistance
• Nineveh Senior Center - $2,000 for building renovation assistance
• Public Food Pantry at Ivy Tech Bloomington - $4,100 for startup food pantry
• Owen County Fair Association - $4,000 for new restroom plumbing
• Society of St. Vincent de Paul Brown County - $3,000 for back-to-school program
Guidelines For Applicants
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 $2,500.00 per year. The maximum amount available to any group or organization is $10,000.00 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 received funding:
Candidates for political office, political parties or any political purpose
Activities or requests that lack solid community support
Payment of utility bills
How does an Individual or Organization Apply for Funding?
All applications will be reviewed by a seven-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 (thirty) days following action by the Board of Trustees on their application.
Recipient organizations are required to submit a final report within six (6) months of receiving the funds.