$10,000 in Grants Available to Nonprofits

Asheboro, N.C., March 1, 2018- In 2018, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation’s People Helping People (PHP) program will award $10,000 in grant funds to local nonprofit agencies in Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Alamance and Chatham counties. Qualifying organizations may apply for funding up to $2,000 to implement programs or purchase needed equipment to facilitate a program that will help make a positive impact in the communities where Randolph EMC member-owners reside.

The Community Grants Program is a special project of PHP, made possible because its partnership with cooperative lender CoBank. CoBank recently awarded $5,000 to PHP as part of its Sharing Success Matching Grant Program. Sharing Success was started in 2012 as a way to give back to co-ops and the nonprofits they support. Under the program, CoBank allocates $3 million annually to match charitable contributions by cooperatives to nonprofit organizations in their local communities, up to $5,000 per co-op.

With Randolph EMC’s $5,000 contribution combined with CoBank’s $5,000 match, People Helping People is able to extend its charitable reach into the community with $10,000 for nonprofit agencies for the fourth year in a row.

People Helping People (PHP) is a nonprofit program that gives Randolph EMC members a unique opportunity to help others by “rounding up” their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar. The extra change that these members contribute goes into the PHP account, which is used to fund requests for assistance from other members in need of financial help because of circumstances outside of their control. The money that members contribute from their bills is not used in the community grants program.

Grant applications are available at RandolphEMC.com and will be accepted through May 31, 2018. The People Helping People Board of Directors will carefully review the applications and award the grants in July. For additional information or questions, please contact Kathleen Duckworth at 336-625-5177 or Kathleen.Duckworth@RandolphEMC.com.