EQUS is proud to be the first Canadian organization to be granted permission to implement the Operation Round Up program!
In 1989, Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Hardeeville, South Carolina created and registered the Operation Round Up® concept. Palmetto has distributed over $3.8 million in the last 19 years with a steady 82 percent participation rate. Since 1989, more than 225 U.S. electric co-operatives initiated similar programs. Recipients of funding are rural focused charities, organizations and projects that can clearly demonstrate the need for that rural support. EQUS is the first co-operative in Canada to obtain permission to use the trademarked name and implement an Operation Round Up program.
EQUS members' distribution tariffs are simply ‘rounded up’ to the next highest dollar and on average the contribution by an EQUS member to the Operation Round Up program is about $6 per year. While it is technically ‘small change’, it can and does build a funding program that can give back to the communities we all call home.
Members Helping Members:
In being dedicated to the communities we serve, EQUS is also committed to helping our members. As part of EQUS’ "Members helping Members" initiative, a portion of the funds collected through Operation Round Up are used to support members who may find themselves facing economic hardship or in financial distress.
Operation Round Up funds are distributed on a quarterly basis. The Operation Round Up Committee allocated a total of $16,000 for the second quarter in 2017. The funded projects range from a mental health program that will give rural youth access to more mental health resources to a softball program for youth in Onoway.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING RECIPIENTS:
Funded Organizations for Q3 2017
Ponoka Youth Centre Association
W.A. Day School
PAST RECIPIENTS OF OPERATION ROUND UP FUNDING INCLUDE:
- Barrons Eureka Warner FCSS
- Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie
- Calgary Reads
- Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern Alberta
- Claresholm and District Chamber of Commerce Society
- Dare to Care
- Darwell Betterment Association
- Dunstable School Council Society
- Easter Seals Alberta
- Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings (FSNAPS)
- Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre
- Greenwood Neighbourhood Place Society
- Innisfail Public Library
- Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta
- Kids Help Phone
- Onoway Ball and Soccer Association
- Onoway Golden Club
- Raymond and District Futures Society
- Rimbey Family Community Support Services
- Rowan House Society
- Sheep River Health Trust
- Taber Child Care Society
- The Town of Sylvan Lake FCSS
- The Lending Cupboard
- Westglen School
How to Apply
The priority areas for applications are projects that positively impact children, youth and seniors living in the rural areas that EQUS serves. Projects will be required to submit an application outlining the project and goals for approval and then complete a report on the project results to obtain the complete funding. The goal of the fund is to provide a one-time or limited time investment into an initiative that clearly exhibits the benefit of the project. Operation Round Up does not fund capital projects or day-to-day operating expenses. Applicants must represent organizations, project or initiatives that will benefit EQUS members in communities within the EQUS Service Area.
Applicants may only apply for funding once each application cycle. Applications not approved in one cycle may be resubmitted for a subsequent cycle.
The Operation Round Up Committee is looking for a new committee member!
The Operation Round Up Committee requires EQUS members as volunteers for two year terms. Operation Round Up Committee members must:
- be an EQUS member in good standing;
- have previous experience with reviewing projects and applications is an asset; and
- have ability to provide un-biased representation for the complete EQUS Service Area.
To begin your Committee member application, download the application PDF document below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I participate?
If you are an EQUS member, no action is required on your part. Effective April 2016, EQUS members (current and new) are automatically enrolled in Operation Round Up. Operation Round Up contributions will be listed as a separate line item on your EQUS electric bills. For example, if your distribution tariff (your distribution rate plus your transmission rate) is $90.55, your bill will be rounded up to $91. The average monthly contribution averages around $6 per year.
Why did EQUS decide to do this?
Based on the numerous success stories in the U.S. and recognizing that rural Alberta residents and organizations have unique needs; EQUS determined Operation Round Up would be an efficient way to engage members and the organization to provide support for rural initiatives. If all EQUS members participate in Operation Round Up, we have the potential to contribute over $65,000 annually to rural initiatives that help children, youth and seniors.
What if I don’t want to participate?
If you decide that you wish to be excluded from participation in Operation Round Up, simply contact our Main Office (mail, email or toll-free 1.888.211.4011) and let us know. Within five days of receipt of your request to be excluded, your participation will be cancelled.
What if I decide to re-join?
If you feel you opted out of Operation Round Up too soon, simply contact our Main Office (mail, email or toll-free 1.888.211.4011) and we will reconfirm you participation.
What happens to the money that is collected?
The collected funds are put into an independent account and disbursed through a grant process. A committee meets regularly to review and approve applications. All administration for Operation Round Up is performed by designated EQUS employees and only out-of-pocket expenses by committee members are covered by the fund (e.g., travel cost to a meeting or to review a project’s progress). All successful recipients will be required to complete a report at end of project to confirm objectives were achieved. Annually, a report on Operation Round Up will be provided to EQUS members.
Who is on the committee?
The committee is comprised of five individuals: the EQUS CEO, one Director and three EQUS members in good standing who have some demonstrated experience in working with charitable organizations.
All members are free to purchase electricity services through EQUS’ regulated rate tariff or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase electricity services from, you will continue receiving electricity from EQUS. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit http://www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310.4822 (toll free in Alberta).