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Operation Round-Up

Polk-Burnett is pleased to support local programs for youth and our community, according to the cooperative principles. All requests for monetary donations are channeled through Operation Round-Up®, where spare change helps change lives.
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Grant application and instructions
Organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to submit an application. Operation Round-Up instructions are also online for your convenience. Applications are accepted quarterly. Deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.

Grant recipients
Every penny, nickel and dime collected through Operation Round-Up goes back into the community to support local efforts, such as equipment for local fire departments, youth programs and libraries.

Total giving since the program's beginning in 1998: $684,540

Annual grant awards
2017, Operation Round Up awards $61,150 to 87 local programs
2016, Operation Round Up awards $52,640 to 72 local programs
2015, Operation Round-Up awards $57,825 to 81 local programs
2014, Operation Round-Up awards $45,145 to 66 local programs
2013, Operation Round-Up awards $55,300 to 80 local programs
2012, Operation Round-Up awards $51,255 to 70 local programs
2011, Operation Round-Up awards $46,800 to 70 local programs
2010, Operation Round-Up awards $51,300 to 78 local programs

Quarterly grant awards
January 2017, Operation Round-Up awards $9,500 to 12 local programs

April 2017, Operation Round-Up awards $19,800 to 24 local nonprofits
July 2017, Operation Round-Up awards $16,000 to 28 local programs
October 2017, Operation Round Up awards $15,850 to 23 local programs

January 2016, Operation Round-Up awards $16,050 to 18 local programs
April 2016, Operation Round-Up awards $13,700 to 18 local programs
July 2016, Operation Round-Up awards $12,440 to 21 local programs
October 2016, Operation Round-Up awards $10,450 to 15 local programs

January 2015, Operation Round-Up awards $16,300 to 19 local programs
April 2015, Operation Round-Up awards $13,450 to 17 local programs
July 2015, Operation Round-Up awards $16,800 to 32 local programs
October 2015, Operation Round-Up awards $11,275 to 13 local programs

January 2014, Operation Round-Up awards $13,350 to 23 local programs
April 2014, Operation Round-Up awards $9,500 to 12 local programs
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une 2014, Operation Round-Up awards $15,050 to 21 local programs 
October 2014, Operation Round-Up awards $7,245 to 10 local programs

January 2013, Operation Round-Up awards $17,300 to 24 local programs
April 2013, Operation Round-Up awards $10,400 to 19 local programs 
July 2013, Operation Round-Up awards $14,350 to 19 local programs 
October 2013, Operation Round-Up awards $13,250 to 18 local programs

How are grants funded?
Funding for Operation Round-Up is donated by member-owners of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who volunteer to round up their monthly electricity bill to the next even dollar amount. For example, if your bill is $78.70, it will round up to $79.00 and your contribution for the month is 30¢. Your donation is tax-deductible and never goes above 99¢ per month; the average donation for the year is $6. This may not sound like a lot, but when donations from all participating members are combined, Operation Round-Up can do a lot of good.

New members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative are automatically enrolled in Operation Round-Up and will have their electric bill rounded up. Please notify our billing department if you'd like to opt out of this community giving program, 800-421-0283, ext. 335, or e-mail.

Grants are approved by members like you
Grants are approved by a committee of nine members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative. They represent all nine districts across the co-op's service area. Members meet four times a year and are not paid for their time, except mileage reimbursement.

Who is eligible to receive a grant?
Grants are awarded to local, nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in Polk-Burnett's service territory through public safety, health care, self-sufficiency, cultural enhancement and youth programs. Grants are generally not awarded to individuals, or groups with religious, political or national affiliations.

Operation Round-Up quarterly meeting minutes
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October 2013
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Photo right: Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op’s Operation Round-Up program donated $1,000 to the Grantsburg Public Library April 15, 2015. Funds were used for the summer reading program.  L-R: Operation Round-Up Treasurer Alma Karels with Library Director Kristina Kelley-Johnson.

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