The Trustees of the GEC Community Foundation, Inc. met April 13, 2018, and awarded 14 grants totaling $6,461. All grants are funded by member donations called Operation Round Up where members voluntarily round up their utility bills each month to fund grants to eligible entities.
Education grants were awarded to Grundy County R-V School District, Humphreys; Trenton R-IX School District, Trenton; Pleasant View R-VI School District, Trenton; Spickard R-II School District, Spickard; Laredo R-VII School District, Laredo; Cainsville R-II School District, Cainsville; Ridgeway R-V School District, Ridgeway; North Harrison R-III School District, Eagleville; South Harrison R-II School School District, Bethany, and Gilman City R-IV School District, Gilman City. Two rural development grants were also awarded: Grundy County Food Pantry, Trenton, and Mercer County Genealogical & Historical Society, Mercer.
Since 2005, the GEC Community Foundation, Inc. has awarded 604 grants totaling $363,813.62 to deserving schools and community organizations. The Foundation assists qualifying schools and organizations with grant monies for education, health, and rural development. This area is within Grundy Electric Cooperative’s 12 county service area which includes Harrison, Mercer, and Grundy counties and portions of Linn, Livingston, Daviess, Gentry, Putnam, and Sullivan counties in Missouri and portions of Ringgold, Wayne, and Decatur counties in Iowa.
The Operation Round-Up Program allows GEC members and customers of the Public Water Supply District Number 1 of Grundy County to voluntarily “round up” their utility bill to the next even dollar. The PWSD Round-Up funds are disbursed solely to projects located in Grundy County. For an average of $6 per year, participating GEC members and PWSD #1 customers assist in funding local community projects.
The next grant application deadline is July 1, 2018. Qualified applicants must be a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization or other eligible entity and may apply for a grant by completing a grant application with supporting information. Grant applications are available on the Grundy Electric website or by calling Grundy Electric Cooperative at 1-800-279-2249, extension 23 or 33.