Operation Round Up is a program designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile individuals and organizations. The CECF board of directors meets quarterly to review applications from individuals and organizations in the area. The maximum annual grant that can be approved is $10,000 for organizations and $2,500 for individuals.
The board of directors for the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation will meet again Feb. 25, 2020, to review applications for the quarter. Second-quarter applications are due Feb. 11.
Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation board members include Danny Marlett, President; Carter Waid, Vice President; Cindy Zelbst; Jennifer Meason, CEO of Cotton Electric; and Ken Layn, president of the Cotton Electric Board of Trustees.
Applications to the Operation Round Up program are available at the links below or by calling Shane Bowers at 580-875-4216. Individual applications MUST include a letter of referral from a reputable service agency or non-profit organization.
NEW REQUIREMENT: All applications for grants benefiting schools require the signature of the school superintendent. This includes applications submitted by booster clubs, parent-teacher organizations and other school-related groups, teachers and principals. This requirement was established to ensure coordinated communication on projects that fit a school district’s priorities.
Operation Round Up exists because of the generosity of Cotton Electric's members. Every month, more than 12,300 members of the cooperative kick in a little extra change, rounding up their monthly power bill to the nearest dollar. Contributions ranging from one cent to 99 cents are pooled and provide the funds for the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation.
A total of $17,149.46 in CECF grants were issued in the fourth quarter of 2019. A list of those grants is below.
|Big Pasture Education Foundation||AED||$2,000.00|
|Center for Creative Living||Stove hood replacement||$2,500.00|
|Chisholm Trail Kiwanis Club||New train for Kiddie Land||$3,000.00|
|Empire Public Schools||STEM lab pods||$5,000.00|
|Grandfield Senior Citizens Center||Freezer||$2,995.00|
|Oklahoma Family Network||Restraint training for teachers||$1,654.46|