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 Aug. 25, 2020, to review applications for the quarter. Third-quarter applications are due Aug.11.
Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation board members include Danny Marlett, President; Carter Waid, Vice President; Cindy Zelbst, 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 $21,200 in CECF grants were issued or pledged in the second quarter of 2020. A list of those grants is below.
|Chisholm Trail Arts Council||Update/purchase computer, software, printer||$2,000.00|
|Duncan Area Literacy Council||Children's books||$1,500.00|
|Indiahoma Community Food Bank||Food||$2,500.00|
|Make-A-Wish Oklahoma||Wish grant for area child||$3,000.00|
|Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma||Food For Kids backpack program||$5,000.00|
|Surgical Extraction Foundation||Medical equipment for emergency extractions||$4,200.00|
|Temple Public Schools||STEM pods, robots and training||$3,000.00|