Operation Round Up

ORU ELIGIBILITY
  • • Requests must be for charitable, educational or non-profit organizations only.

    • Non-profit organizations that serve communities located within
    Freeborn & Mower Counties.

    • Applications accepted once a year per project or event.
    - Organizations may apply additionally throughout the year for a different project-event

    • 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).

ORU GRANT LIMITS
  • • $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.

REQUIREMENTS
  • • Completed application form submitted before deadline.

    • Non-profit organization in Freeborn and/or Mower County.

    • If funds are requested to purchase a new item or for a repair, please include two (2) bids for the item or work. At least one bid should be from a vendor or supplier within the FMCS territory.

    • Documentation of purchase or verification of receipt of the grant dollars.

ORU EXAMPLES
  • • 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

  • 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.

    • Advertising

    • 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.

ORU APPLICATION DEADLINE
  • • Grants are considered and awarded on a quarterly basis.

    • Deadlines to apply are: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. *

    • Trustee meetings are held the beginning of April, July, October and January.

    • Projects completed prior to trustee meetings may not be funded.


    Please apply early for best consideration.


    * Funds are disbursed approximately one month after each deadline.

Operation Round Up
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  • Is the organization Non-profit? Only non-profit organizations will be considered for funding. Please include 501 c (#) form. Failure to do so, may disqualify application.
Project Description
Additional Information
  • I will, or will not allow a photo with my name and organization to appear in FMCS publications.
Signature
  • (If a school, MUST be signed by the Principal of the school)
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