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 Sept. 24, 2019, to review applications for the quarter. Second-quarter applications are due Sept. 10.
Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation board members include Carly Douglass, President; Carter Waid, Vice President; Danny Marlett, Secretary-Treasurer; 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 $18,170.12 in CECF grants were issued in the first quarter of 2019. A list of those grants is below.
|Cameron University Foundation||STEM enrichment||$ 1,675.00|
|CASA of Southwest Oklahoma Inc.||Computer equipment||$ 2,102.27|
|Chisholm Trail Heritage Center||Educational outreach||$ 500.00|
|Duncan Area Literacy Council||Children's books||$ 1,200.00|
|Gabriel's House Inc.||AED||$ 1,529.74|
|Make-A-Wish Oklahoma||Wish grant||$ 2,500.00|
|Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma||Kids Backpack program support||$ 3,500.00|
|Safe Center||Wooden swing set||$ 499.00|
|Sterling Public Schools||Science laboratory equipment||$ 2,254.17|
|Tillman County Fair Board||Grandfield fair barn upgrades||$3,000.00|
|Total for June 2019||$18,760.18|