Blue Ridge Energy
Members Foundation

The Blue Ridge Energy Members Foundation was formed in 2007 to expand the commitment to our members and the communities we serve and is funded through our Operation Round Up program and our subsidiaries, Blue Ridge Energy, LLC, and RidgeLink, LLC.

The Blue Ridge Energy 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 Energy Members Foundation has returned almost $3 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:

1.  501(c)(3) IRS nonprofit tax-exempt status

2.   Financial Statement Request* (excel)

*Save this file to your computer and see tabs at bottom of form. You must complete ALL for consideration.

Deadline to apply: July 31

Grant Announcements: Early December

Applications are only accepted 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 Cookie 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." Agencies may differ by county.

Community Grants

Dozens of local organizations apply and are approved for community grants. A volunteer group of members (the Foundation Advisory Committee or FAC) 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
Felicia Stewart
Libby Killian
Ralph Prestwood

Watauga District
Angie Gregg
Tracey Heiss
Junior Gragg

Ashe District
Wesley Greene
Judy Bare
Doug Eller 

Alleghany District
Dwayne Bright
Melissa Vestel
Jennifer Robinson