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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Area nonprofits are encouraged to apply for one of 10 new community grants being offered by South Plains Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up.
The grants, to be $1,500 each, are available to members in the Cooperative’s service territory, including Childress.
Nonprofits can apply online at www.spec.coop. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 2.
The community grant idea was born from wanting to do more and helping its communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic strain it brought, according to a release from South Plains Electric Cooperative. This is part of its Operation Round Up.
“We are excited that Operation Round Up created the community grant and cannot wait to see the impact it has on our members and the communities we serve,” said Rolling Plains Division Manager Jeff Watson. “We encourage our members in the Rolling Plains area who are affiliated with a nonprofit to apply.”
South Plains Electric Cooperative established Operation Round Up in 1993 to help communities and individuals needing a hand up – not a handout, the release stated. The program’s tagline “neighbors helping neighbors” is at the heart of why South Plains Electric Cooperative exists
Operation Round Up receives contributions from participating cooperative members whose monthly utility bills are rounded up to the next dollar. The average contribution is $6 per year, but it makes a big impact in the lives of members, the release stated.
“We want to help our members in this region of our service territory,” Watson said.
Operation Round Up has dispersed more than $1 million since its inception. Funds go to high school students for scholarships, teachers for mini-grants, house fire victims, volunteer fire departments, various non-profits and individuals, the release stated.