Coast Electric’s Operation Round Up Now Accepting Grant Applications
Kiln, Miss. – Local charitable organizations are now able to apply for grants of up to $10,000 because of the generosity of Coast Electric members’ participation in the cooperative’s Operation Round Up program.
Operation Round Up collects voluntary donations from Coast Electric members to benefit organizations in the cooperative's service area – Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River counties. The monthly bills of participating Coast Electric members are rounded up each month to the nearest dollar and put into the Coast Electric Community Trust, which is administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
While spare change might not seem like it would make a great impact, when this many people come together to do something good, it makes a big difference in our local communities. Of the funds collected, 65 percent will go to charities in the form of community grants, 25 percent will be used for energy assistance for members who need a little extra help paying their electric bills and 10 percent will be put into an endowment for future projects. Currently, 93 percent of Coast Electric members are participating in Operation Round Up and raised $37,937 with their spare change in the month of December. If this trend continues, Coast Electric members will be able to put an average of $450,000 annually into our communities.
“I am proud that this program will allow Coast Electric members to make such a huge, positive impact in our communities,” said Coast Electric President and CEO Ron Barnes. “We know the people of south Mississippi are generous, but we also know that most people aren’t able to give as much as they would like. Operation Round Up gives people the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their friends and neighbors for an average of $6 a year. That’s a great value.”
Organizations that would like to apply for grants can find applications online at www.coastepa.com. Applications will be available through the month of February and the first round of grants will be awarded this spring. Applications will be available quarterly.