given back to the community since 2011
Operation RoundUp® is a member supported program that allows our membership to round their bill to the nearest dollar each month. That additional change goes directly to support grants to organizations in our communities that we serve. The MEA Charitable Foundation Board, which is comprised of MEA member volunteers, meets quarterly to review and award Operation RoundUp® Grant Applications. All Operation RoundUp® funds are given locally and stay locally.
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In 2011, MEA Membership voted 2 to 1 to make Operation RoundUp® an “opt-out” program instead of an “opt-in” program. Your monthly billing statement will have a line listing Operation RoundUp® and your contribution
An estimated ~$168,000 is raised from the program each year from participating members
Each quarter the Charitable Foundation Board reviews the grant applications and awards grants to local organizations in our community.
To apply for a grant please make sure you download and complete the application. Applicants must be located within our service territory which includes Eagle River/Chugiak and the entire Mat-Su Borough region. Organizational Grant Applications are capped at $10,000 and Individual Grants are capped at $2,500.
To apply for a grant please download the appropriate application below and submit the completed application via the instructions on the last page of the application.
*Grants are due in an office by 5 p.m. on the day they are due. The Charitable Foundation Board regrets it is unable to expedite grants.
Based on an average of .25 cents per month from participating MEA members, about $168,000 could be raised annually.
Charitable Foundation grant applications are reviewed by and voted on by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of MEA members representing the entire service area. Each of the seven (7) MEA Board members nominate a representative for the MEA Charitable Foundation Board of Directors. These volunteers receive no stipend and or mileage reimbursements. They are:
Applications are reviewed and voted on quarterly.
Your monthly billing statement will have a line listing Operation RoundUp® and the amount that rounds up your bill to the next dollar.
In 2011, the MEA Membership voted 2 to 1 to make Operation RoundUp an “opt-out” program instead of an “opt-in” program. After approval from the MEA Board of Directors and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA), MEA bills are now automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar. Each participating MEA member gives $.11-$11.88 annually, with the average amount being $4.22. None of the funds go toward administrative costs or anything other than the grants provided; the program is operated by our volunteer Charitable Foundation Board.
Members have the option to opt-out of the program and be refunded up to three years of their contributions by request. To opt-out, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call customer service at (907) 761-9300 or visit us in person at any one of our three district offices.
Absolutely! You can designate any additional amount you would like to donate by calling customer service at (907) 761-9300 or visit us in person at any one of our three district offices.
While MEA can’t offer tax advice, your donations can generally be considered tax deductible, charitable contributions.
Yes. Every MEA account will be rounded up to the nearest dollar.
Yes. If at any time during your enrollment you change your mind, you can contact us and the entire amount contributed by you in the three years immediately preceding your opt-out date will be credited to your electric account.