Carroll EMC rewards thousands of charities

The Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative (EMC) Board of Directors awarded impact grants to 34 charities in the cooperative’s seven-county service territory, totaling $116,383 in donation funds.

The funds will be used for a variety of local projects to serve, protect and improve surrounding communities and their residents. Since the first grant issuance in 2002, more than $4.2 million has been donated to Carroll EMC communities. Health and social services, education and environmental protection are some of the areas that receive funding from the Foundation.

“Impact grants have a positive impact on people of all ages in the co-op’s service area,” said Luauna Cummings, Trustee on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Grants have been given to help children, the elderly and veterans with special needs. We have funded or partially funded walking and equestrian trails, recycling events and bird sanctuaries as well as safety programs run by area police and fire departments.

Impact grants are made available to organizations through membership participation in Carroll EMC’s Operation Round Up® (ORU®) program. Members can contribute by rounding their electricity bill to the nearest whole dollar. These funds are separate from the cooperative’s income and are administered by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which allocates donations to eligible partners.

To apply for these grants, organizations within Carroll EMC’s service territory must have a vision or project in mind that would improve the quality of life for others. The process of writing the grant application is as simple as filling out an online form describing the project and providing a detailed budget.

“It was very apparent reading this year’s nominations how compassionate people are,” Cummings said. “Organizations show great concern for the needs of others, which improves the quality of life in the community. That’s Carroll EMC’s goal for Impact Grants, and it seems that what positively affects the life of one individual can positively affect the lives of many over time.

A reception was held in mid-August to celebrate grant recipients and honor their community service. For a full list of Impact Grant recipients, visit

Carroll EMC is a member-owned co-operative that provides electricity to approximately 53,000 homes and businesses. The co-op serves members in Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk, Floyd and Troup counties. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit the cooperative’s website at or follow Carroll EMC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn. Carroll EMC: Built by the community. Community builder.