Membership Benefits

Operation Roundup

Program Overview

Operation Roundup is a program funded by the voluntary contributions of Tri-County EMC members to the Tri-County EMC Foundation. Non-profit organizations can apply for grant money to go toward community projects and needs within Tri-County EMC’s eight-county service area (Jones, Putnam, Baldwin, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Bibb, Jasper, and Morgan). Awarded quarterly, all funding requests are reviewed and considered by the foundation’s nine-member board of directors. Applications are subdivided into four categories: Basic Needs, Medical Needs, Youth/Scholarships, and General Giving, and are awarded based on merit.

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Small Change Changing Lives

Contributions are made to the foundation when participants elect to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. For example, a $75.45 electric bill would result in a total charge of $76.00 and a $.55 donation to the foundation fund. On average, donations will be about $.50 per month or $6.00 per year. One hundred percent of the funds collected are returned to the community through donations from the foundation. Members may add or remove an account from the program at any time. Since Operation Roundup contributions are tax-deductible, an annual contribution amount will be provided for your tax records on both the December and following January bills of each year.

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Foundation Board

Appointed by Tri-County EMC's Board of Directors, the nine-member foundation board determines which projects receive funding. Members of the foundation board were selected because of their leadership and involvement in their community, making them uniquely knowledgeable of the needs of all the communities served by Tri-County EMC and ensuring the fair and proper funding of projects.

District 1
ones & Bibb

Donald Black
Ron McClung
Jonathan Pits

District 2
Putnam, Jasper, & Morgan

Paul Gardner
Harris Lancaster
Hank Raehn

District 3
Baldwin, Wilkinson, & Twiggs

Karen Brooks
Justin Jones



Charitable institutions, government institutions, civic organizations, or other non-profit organizations serving the Tri-County EMC area are eligible to apply. These organizations can also apply on behalf of an individual in the community. Organizations and individuals do not have to receive electric service from the cooperative to qualify.

Accordion CoOrganizations can apply as often as they see a need, but the maximum total contribution to an organization per fiscal year is $10,000. (Fiscal year runs from May 1 – April 30)ntent

Except in cases of emergency, the foundation awards grants quarterly. The four deadlines to submit an application are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

Every project is uniquely different. The important thing to remember is no matter how big or small the amount you request, be detailed and thorough in your application. Cost estimates, if needed, are recommended but not required.


Past Grant Recipients:

June 2024