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Operation Round Up grant application deadline Sept. 15

The next deadline to submit Operation Round Up grant applications to Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is Sept. 15. About $10,000 will be available for grants in this round. Local community organizations may apply for an Operation Round Up grant by completing and returning a simple, one-page application form, available by contacting Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative at 631-3120 or (800) 321-8932 or online at community.

To qualify for an Operation Round Up grant, organizations must be nonprofit entities serving the Todd and Wadena county area. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: community service, economic development, education and youth, environment, emergency energy assistance or disaster relief. Contributions are not made to political or religious organizations, fund-raising dinners, raffles, capital fund campaigns, national fund drives, for advertising or to individuals.

Operation Round Up grants for local community service projects are made possible by the members of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, who allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. The average individual contribution is less than 50 cents a month, yet Todd-Wadena members raise more than $2,000 monthly. A volunteer board oversees the Operation Round Up program, reviews the grant applications and selects the recipient organizations.

Since the program began in 2001, nearly $300,000 has been donated for more than 300 local service projects.