The Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative recently announced $10,000 in grants it awarded to area organizations. That brings the total up to $93,500 in grants awarded since the REC’s Operation Round-Up program began last year.

Winners of grants for this round were the Northeast Dubois Little League, who recieved $2,500 in grant money, the Huntingburg Teenage Canteen, who received a $1,500 grant, the Ferdinand Folk Festival, which was awarded a $2,000 grant, and TRI-CAP, who was awarded a $4,000 grant by the Operation Round-Up program.

Grants are funded by members of the Dubois REC that participate in the Operation Round-Up program and allow the REC to round up their monthly bill to the next highest dollar amount. For instance, if an entity’s bill is $60.51, their bill for that month would be rounded up to $61, and the 49 cents used for rounding up the bill would count as that member’s monthly contribution to the fund. Over the course of a year, most members would contribute around $6 towards the program.

Civic groups, organizations, individuals, or families located within the area that is served by the Dubois REC are eligible to apply for an Operation Round-Up grant. The REC’s area covers Crawford, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry, and Pike counties. The fund will not be utilized towards paying electric or utility bills or be given towards the cause of supporting or opposing any political campaign or candidate.

Any individual or organization that is interested in applying for one of these grants should visit the Dubois REC office or you can go to duboisrec.com to download the forms. You can also call 482-5454 or send an email to Kyla Jones at kylaj@duboisrec.com.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted during the entire month of May.