Participating in Operation Round-Up®
For pennies a month, participating members round their electric bill to the next whole dollar amount and that money is available for community donations through an application process. The Operation Round Up® Program presents FMCS with opportunities to give back to our community in a big way!
Our Operation Round Up® Program is an opt-out program. This means members' electric bills are automatically rounded up to the next nearest whole dollar amount, unless you opt-out. The monthly contribution could be as little as a penny, but never more than ninety-nine cents. The average donation amount per member is typically $6.00 per year. Contributions to Operation Round-Up® are tax-deductible and are printed on your electric bill each month with the total contribution amount listed on your December electric bill.
If you wish to opt-out of this program, please contact us or complete the opt-out form below. You may also print the form and return to our office.
Eligibility & Requirements:
- Application requests must be for charitable, educational or non-profit organizations only.
- Non-profit organizations that serve communities located within Freeborn & Mower Counties. (FMCS territory)
- One application per project or event accepted each year. Organizations may apply additionally in the year for a different project.
- Charitable status or 501 (c) (#) organizations.
- Application must be received or post-marked by the deadline date and be for a project or event in the future (will not grant projects in the past).
- If funds are requested to purchase a new item or for a repair, please include three (2) bids for the item or work. At least one bid should be from a vendor or supplier within the FMCS territory if possible.
- Documentation of purchase or verification of receipt of the grant dollars after grant is received.
- $300 per school for After-Prom and/or After-Graduation Events.
- $300 for Booster Clubs – Athletic/School
- $500 per project/event for an organization.
- $2,000 annually for volunteer fire departments or first responder units serving the areas within Freeborn & Mower Counties.
Examples of ALLOWED Events/Projects (but not limited to):
- Education, art, music or theatrical programs at public or private schools, or provided through community organizations.
- Public library programs or improvements.
- Leadership or business clubs or events sponsored by a school or community organization.
- Teen, community or recreation center improvements & events.
- Equipment for athletic teams that remains relatively fixed in place, such as; soccer goals, basketball backboards, scoreboards, swimming pool equipment, etc.
- Clearly defined youth programs including 4H & FFA.
- After-Prom Events and After-Graduation Events
Examples of NOT ALLOWED Events/Projects:
Please do not apply for any of the following
- General operating, tax or payroll expenses.
- Individual or group registration fees (field trips, camps, etc.) that are deemed primarily recreational.
- Political causes or lobbying.
- Projects of religious denominations, unless the expenditure is directed to the benefit of the community at large (all youth, all elderly, etc.) and is not limited or offered primarily to members of that denomination.
- Repairs and improvements to private property or that of religious denominations.
- Organizations or programs outside of FMCS service territory, unless a direct benefit is provided to a significant number of FMCS members.
- Uniforms, personal athletic equipment, or general sponsorship for little leagues, traveling teams and youth clubs, etc.
- Specific community foundations, unless the application designates a specific project.