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 Energy, LLC.

The Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation is unique because 100 percent of all members’ donations as well as a portion of our subsidiaries’ profits are returned to the members and their communities. Thanks to over 25,000 members who participate in Operation Round Up programs each month, the Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation has returned over $2 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!

Additional documents you will be required to upload:
- 501(c)(3) IRS nonprofit tax-exempt status
Financial worksheet/project budget (excel)

Deadline to apply: August 31

Grant Announcements: Early December

Applications are now submitted online. You will receive a confirmation message that your grant was submitted and the email will contain a copy of your application and uploaded documents. Faxed or mailed applications are NOT acceptable. If you have questions, please contact LuAnn Bradshaw at 828-759-8907.

Helping Members

The Foundation provides monetary assistance to Blue Ridge Energy members struggling to pay their electric bills as well as local non-profit organizations that provide other types of assistance to our members.

To determine eligibility, individual members seeking assistance work through local help agencies like the Department of Social Services and "We Can."

Community Grants

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.

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.

Foundation Advisory Committee Members

Caldwell District
Deborah Ashley-Smith
Zela Beckett
Jason Carpenter

Watauga District
Anne Rasheed
Margaret Pierce
Raymond Reid

Ashe District
James Young
Melanie Miller
Shawn Horton

Alleghany District
Tommy Maines
Dan Abernathy
Kaye Royall