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Operation Round-Up

Application deadlines are each November 1st and May 1st.

The Board of Trustees will review and approve funds shortly after each deadline.


What is Operation Round Up?

Operation Round Up is a voluntary program where participating members’ bills are rounded up, and the extra cents flow into a charitable fund to assist local causes. For example, a member whose electric bill is $127.46 will be rounded up to $128.00 and the extra 54¢ will be donated to the fund. The average participating member will donate $6.00/year with a maximum donation of $11.88/year.


Who benefits from the collected funds?

The program is intended to benefit people and organizations within the Union County Electric service area.

The money is granted based upon applications from worthy projects and organizations within our local service territory. The funding will be focused to the following categories in the suggested annual percentages:

Community Service (up to 40%)

Economic Development (up to 30%)

Education and Youth (up to 30%)

Environment (up to 15%)

Emergency Energy Assistance (up to 15%)

Disaster Relief (up to 15%)


Who decides where the money goes?

A seven-member, volunteer Board of Trustees will review the applications and decide how to distribute the funds. Members of the Board of Trustees were selected by the director from the respective district. There is also one member who represents the Union County Electric Board of Directors and one member who represents the Union County Electric staff.


Kirsten Carlson

District 1

John Gille

District 2

Susan Herrity

District 3

Carol Hagen

District 4

Scott Gerkin

District 5

Paul Peacock

Board of Directors

Susan Forma



Does Union Electric or the Board of Trustees make a profit from this program?

Neither Union County Electric Cooperative nor the Board of Trustees gain compensation from this program. Union County Electric covers all administrative expenses.


Who is eligible to apply for a grant from Operation Round Up?

Individuals who are members of Union County Electric Cooperative and non-profit organizations who provide service within the Union County Electric service area may apply.


How do I apply for an Operation Round Up grant?

Applications are available at the top of this web page or by contacting our office at 605-356-3395.


How are applications judged?

Applications are judged based upon 1) potential benefit to the residents and community; 2) level of community support for the project or organization; 3) capability of the applicant to deliver a quality service or program; and 4) final results that can be envisioned and evaluated.


Is there a timeline for applicants to use the funding?

Projects should be completed within 12 months following the application. Requests for funding for projects that have already been completed will be given less priority.


How do I sign up or opt out of the program?

Members were automatically enrolled at the initiation of the program in May 2018 if they chose not to opt out.

Anyone wishing not to participate may notify us by

  1. Calling our office at 605-356-3395
  2. Email



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