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What is the Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation?
The Foundation was established in 2006 to provide assistance to members and service organizations assisting local communities.
Where do the funds for the Foundation come from?
Funding for Foundation grants and family assistance comes primarily from generous members participating in the Operation Round Up programs.
Additionally, each year the cooperatives two subsidiaries, Blue Ridge Energies and RidgeLink, may donate a portion of year-end profits to the Foundation.
Who is eligible for Foundation funding?
The Foundation receives grant applications from service organizations that provides benefits to the people in Blue Ridge Energy's service area and who are providing needed services in the areas of health wellness and treatment; education and youth; economic and community development; and environmental enhancement and quality of life.
Applications for religious or political use will not be reviewed for funding.
Organizations should seek grants to provide specific services that benefit others. General operating expenses should not be requested.
A message about Impact Grants
Blue Ridge Energy is changing how we solicit, accept and process future Impact Grants.
In an effort to more align the needs of our members in the full cooperative service area with the long-term strategies of Blue Ridge Energy, effective immediately, future Impact Grants will be accepted only by invitation.
Blue Ridge Energy will seek out projects or programs that have the greatest potential impact in the following strategic areas:
- Economic and Community Development
- Health Wellness/Health Treatment
- Education and Youth
- Environmental Enhancement/Quality of Life
If, and when, such projects or programs are identified, Blue Ridge Energy may extend a personal invitation for an Impact Grant application.
The Community Grant program continues, and to date has awarded 169 grants worth over $690,000 to local organizations.
Important information for applicants of Community Grants
The following information will be helpful to remember or consider as you complete your application.
- The Foundation Advisory Committee who will review your application is made up of members just like you.
- All grant applications must provide clearly identifiable potential benefit to the community and the membership.
- All grant applications must demonstrate clear fiscal and administrative capability.
- All grant applications (organization, project or program) must be clearly defined and have the potential for general membership understanding.
- Applicants that demonstrate the ability to leverage other sources of funding are desirable; the Foundation will refrain from situations where it may be the primary or principal funding source and/or become the lifeline for continuing service of the applicant.
- All applicants should be able to provide results that are predictable and can be evaluated and allow ready access to this information upon request.
- Applications that can demonstrate direct assistance or benefit to the members and communities will receive greater consideration than applications that have less direct or immediate impact.
- In order to receive grant proceeds, all grant recipients are required to sign a contract and agree to provide a report detailing the use of the grant. Failure to comply with these requirements will prevent future grant consideration.
Want to learn more?
Blue Ridge Energy will be glad to share more information about the goals and objectives of the Members Foundation individually or via a group presentation.
Please contact Grey Scheer by calling your local Blue Ridge Energy office and asking for ext. 3294 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. An informative 20-minute presentation has been developed for any audience.