Macon Electric Foundation Awards Grant to Macon Downtown Association
The Macon Electric Foundation awarded the Mainstreet Macon Downtown Association with a grant for $500 to purchase planters and supplies for the beautification of downtown Macon. The Foundation’s community grants are funded through Operation Round Up, where MEC members and PWSD of Macon County customers can elect to have their bills each month rounded up to the next dollar. The proceeds are used to benefit area non-profits through a system of quarterly grants, awarded by the Foundation’s volunteer board of directors.
“The Macon Electric Foundation board's goal is to make a difference in the communities that we serve,” stated Mike Nelson, Macon Electric Foundation board president. “The Foundation recognizes the importance of promoting economic health and development of downtown Macon."
MEC members and PWSD customers can help give back to their communities by signing up for Operation Round Up. Members can register online at www.maconelectric.com/operation-round-up, or contact the office at (660) 385-3157.
“This grant opportunity would not be possible without the generosity of the MEC members and PWSD customers who have signed up to participate in Operation Round Up,” stated Nelson. “If you would like to be a part of this group and help give back to our communities, please contact MEC to sign up today.”
This particular grant was a unique one, because the funds went to assist with another MEC project: Co-ops in Action. Co-ops in Action is a program that is organized by MEC and Chariton Valley, where the two cooperatives work together to complete projects in the communities they serve. MEC and CV selected this work project for the beautification of Downtown Macon and the project was completed on May 1. Co-ops in Action is a non-monetary program, where the employees simply help to complete a project in the community. This program and a Foundation grant work well together, because the group would have the possibility of obtaining the funding, as well as the labor to complete the job.
Organizations can apply for a Macon Electric Foundation grant by submitting an application to the Macon Electric Cooperative office prior to the due date for each quarter. The 2019 second quarter applications are due on June 28. Interested organizations can visit MEC’s website for more information: www.maconelectric.com/macon-electric-foundation.