Operation Round Up is an easy and convenient way for DMEA members to make a real difference in their communities.
Monthly electric bills of participating members are automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar, plus any additional amount they wish to designate. That money is deposited into the Operation Round Up fund. The DMEA Operation Round Up Charitable Trust distributes donations from that fund monthly based on need and community impact. The DMEA Operation Round Up Charitable Trust is made up of nine member-volunteers from across DMEA’s service territory.
Thanks to members, like you, every year, Operation Round Up donates approximately $57,000 to worthwhile organizations and families in need in our local communities.
Apply for a charitable donation:
To apply for funds, complete the appropriate application below. If you have questions call 877-687-3632.
- Individual Application
- Aplicación Individual
- Community Organization (more than $250)
- Community Organization (less than $250)
The DMEA Charitable Trust meets monthly on the 2nd Monday to review applications. The application deadline for each meeting is 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday of the week prior to the meeting. Return your applications to DMEA’s Montrose office.
Serve as an Operation Round Up Trustee:
The Operation Round Charitable Trust is made up of member volunteers from across the service territory and is responsible for dispersing the co-op's charitable donations. Trustees serve three-year terms. Periodically, the Trust must fill vacancies due to term limits. The search for qualified candidates is ongoing. If you are interested in serving as an Operation Round Up Trustee, download and complete the trustee nomination form. Para la versión en Español, haga clic aquí.
A. The program allows you to round your monthly electric bill up to the nearest dollar. You also have the option of contributing more than your rounded up portion in any amount you wish.
A. A nine-member, volunteer board called the Delta-Montrose Electric Association Charitable Trust meets regularly, reviews applications and makes disbursements.
A. Anyone who is at least 18 years of age, a permanent resident of the county from which he/she is chosen, of good moral character, and a member of DMEA, qualified to vote in the election for DMEA Board of Directors.
A. No, they will be compensated for mileage and out-of-pocket expenses.
A. Individuals or groups residing within DMEA's service territory can apply using forms provided by DMEA. Completed forms can be returned to DMEA or to a trust board member.
A. Yes – no more than $2,500 annually to any individual or $10,000 annually to any group, organization or charity. By a vote of at least seven of the nine members, the trust may exceed these limits if they feel it’s in keeping with the purpose and spirit of the trust.
A. The executive committee (officers), by a vote of at least three of its members, can make emergency expenditures of no more than $1,000 between regular meetings.
A. Yes, at least annually.
A. No funds of the trust can be used to support any candidate for political office or for any political purpose. Funds can be used to pay electric bills. However this is discouraged and allowable only in circumstances the trust considers critical need.
A. If you designate no money beyond what you "round up" to the nearest dollar, the average contribution will be about $.50 per month or about six dollars a year.
A. Yes, DMEA will notify you on both your January and February bills of your total contribution for the previous year.
A. You can withdraw at any time by notifying the cooperative by phone, in person, or in writing.