(ORANGE COUNTY) - The Board of Trustees of Orange County Rural Electric Community Fund, Inc. announced the next round of grants following their recent board meeting.
Twelve grants totaling $17,645.53 were approved for distribution.
Operation Round Up grants were awarded to Hoosier Hills PACT, Huron Volunteer Fire Department, and the Mercy Center, Mitchell Police Department, Orleans Police Department on behalf of Orleans Community Schools, Orange County Center for Women's Ministries, Orange County Rural Fire Department District 2, Orange County Sheriff Department, Orleans Public Library, Prevent Child Abuse Orange County and Scenic Hills Christian Youth Camp.
This round of awards brings the total amount disbursed by Operation Round Up to $307,435 since the inception of the program in 2003.
The Orange County Rural Electric Community Fund, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by the local electric cooperative through its Operation Round Up program.
Orange County REMC members who participate in the program allow the REMC to round their monthly electric bill up to the next highest dollar.
These small monthly donations are then combined together in a separate fund to support worthwhile causes inside the Orange County REMC service territory.
At present nearly 70% of Orange County REMC's members participate in the Operation Round Up program.
The Board of Trustees oversees all Operation Round Up funds. They will meet again on July 8 to review new grant applications and determine which applicants will receive funding.
Grant applications are available at the Orange County REMC headquarters building located at 7133 North State Road 337, Orleans, Indiana.
Any individual, group, or organization is eligible to apply for a grant as long as they are located within Orange County REMC's service territory consisting of Orange County and parts of Lawrence, Washington, Crawford, and Martin Counties.
The Operation Round Up program allows REMC members to reach out to worthy causes in their communities and work together to help others, Operation Round Up funds will not be awarded to pay utility bills or as political contributions.
The deadline for the next round of grant application is June 21.
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