Operation Round Up® is only made possible by our participating members, who generously allow Noble REMC to round up their bill to the next whole dollar. Those pennies on the dollar are collected into a trust fund and distributed as grants to local nonprofit organizations each quarter.
Each ORU funding recipient is approved by a volunteer grant review board. The funds are transferred to the Operation Round Up Trust Fund at the Noble County Community Foundation, which distributes the funds and performs the accounting functions for the trust. Administrative costs for this program are minimal. The contributions are tax-deductible.
Since its inception two decades ago, Noble REMC Operation Round Up has given back more than $900,000 into local communities, benefiting numerous organizations in our service territory.
Nonprofit, community-based organizations and school corporations serving the general area of our service territory, primarily Noble and DeKalb counties, are eligible to apply for grants for a project or service. Bylaws prohibit funding a grant above $5,000.
All grant applications must have written documentation of your 501(c)(3) and your federal ID number (EIN) must be included.
Applications for the next grant cycle will be accepted until Jan. 2, 2024, and are available by:
- Downloading the fillable PDF of the grant application here.
- Picking one up at the Noble REMC office.
- Contacting Board President Kevin Dreibelbis at 800-933-7362 or email@example.com to have one mailed.
Because of demand, all grant requestors are encouraged to only apply once per year. Those applying more than once will be considered after the others are reviewed.
The Operation Round Up Board is strictly voluntary and is currently comprised of five REMC members and two employees. Members have term limits, and if you are interested in volunteering in the future, contact Board President Kevin Dreibelbis at 800-933-7362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The success of the program is due to the generosity of the REMC members who allow us to round up their bill. If you choose not to participate, click here for an opt-out form.
To view the organizations who received funding during the last four quarters, click below: