Twenty-nine charitable organizations representing portions of Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk, Troup and Floyd counties were awarded Impact Grants from the Carroll EMC Foundation. Foundation Trustees approved a total donation of $107,978.51 for a variety of community-based projects.
Impact Grants are made available each year to eligible groups who operate to benefit their surrounding community. Health and human services, education, environmental protection and safety are a few areas that receive funding from grants. To apply, organizations within Carroll EMC’s service territory must have a vision or project in mind that would enhance the quality of life for others. The grant writing process is as simple as completing an online form that outlines the project and provides a detailed budget.
It is through Member participation in Carroll EMC’s Operation Round Up® (ORU®) program that the cooperative is able to award Impact Grants. Members can contribute by rounding their electric bill to the nearest whole dollar. These funds are kept separate from cooperative revenue and are administered by the Foundation Board of Trustees who allocate the donations. Since the first issuing of grants in 2002, more than $4.5 million has been given back to Carroll EMC communities.
“It is a blessing to serve on the Foundation Board,” said Martha Murphy-Long, Carroll EMC Foundation Trustee. “It has given me the opportunity to learn more about the needs of our communities, and I have a deeper appreciation for the generosity of the cooperative made possible by its Members. I hope all who participate in ORU® know that they are helping make the world a better place.”
A reception was held mid-July to celebrate the grant recipients and honor their community service. To view the complete list of Impact Grant recipients, visit carrollemc.com/impactgrants.