One might think the penny has lost its power in today’s economy.  However, we have found that a few pennies can make a real impact on education.

‍Through a giving program known as Operation Round Up, members of Cullman Electric Cooperative and customers of Cullman Power Board have donated more than $4 million to educational projects – and they’ve done it a few pennies at a time.

“Cullman Electric Cooperative brought the program to our members in 1993,” says Grady Smith, former President and CEO of Cullman Electric Cooperative. “By allowing us to round up their power bills to the next whole dollar, participating members donate an average of 50 cents per month to the Operation Round Up trust fund. That doesn’t seem like a lot of money at first glance, but it adds up fast when thousands of people join the effort.”

For more information about Operation Round Up, please contact our Member Services Department at  256-737-3200 or  1-800-242-1806.

LOG-IN(link is external) to the Operation Round Up website to submit a grant application. If you need technical assistance with the grant website, please email

Submission Cutoff Dates for the 2019-2020 school year:

The website will reopen on Friday, August 2, 2019 for new grant submissions.

Note: The ORU board has approved the "paper" grant again this year. Additional details will be sent to each school's administration.

September 26, 2019 (for the October 10th meeting)

October 31, 2019 (for the November 14th meeting)

Note: The ORU board does not meet in December

December 26, 2019 (for the January 9th meeting)

January 30, 2020 (for the February 13th meeting)

February 27, 2020 (for the March 12th meeting)

March 26, 2020 Last day for submissions. The website will be closed for the summer. (for the April 9th meeting, the last meeting of the school year)

NOTE: Invoices are due 90 days after receiving notification of grant approval, typically the day after the ORU board meeting. If an invoice is not received by the deadline, the grant will be voided.