Operation Round Up
Application Guidelines and Process:
In May 2016, Beltrami Electric Cooperative joined 28 other Minnesota electric cooperatives that participate
in this program. Electric Cooperatives around the nation have been participating in Operation Round Up® for over 25 years.
Operation Round Up® is funded by voluntary contributions.
Operation Round Up® is just what its name implies. Your monthly billing statement is rounded up to the next whole dollar amount. For example, a member's monthly bill of $62.73 would be automatically rounded up to $63.00, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund. Through participation in Operation Round Up®, the average contribution per member is approximately fifty cents ($.50) a month, or six dollars ($6) per year. The most any one account could contribute is $11.88 per year. On the average, most Members will contribute quite a bit less. If you have more than one account, you can choose to have one, all, or none of them on Operation Round Up®. The money collected from Member contributions will be kept in a separate Trust account.
This contribution is tax deductible, and the amount donated is shown on monthly bills.
It’s your choice… Members who choose not to take part may withdraw simply by notifying BEC of their decision at any point. Members can contact BEC at (218) 444-2540 or toll free at (800) 955-6083 or submit the form below.
If you have previously opted out of the program and now after seeing the program results would like to contribute, contact our office. We would be happy to assist you in opting back in to the program. Or, if you would like to increase your donation beyond the round up amount, you may contact our office to set this up.
Operation Round Up Trust Board:
The Operation Round Up® Trust Board is separate from the Beltrami Electric Board of Directors. The Trust Board is made up of five members from our community who serve on the Board on a voluntary basis without any compensation.. Michelle Sand, Bemidji; Sharon Lembke, Laporte; Randy Friske, Bemidji; Sherry Billups, Blackduck; Robert Smith, Red Lake. The board reviews applications and distributes funds four times per year.
Application deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.
Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the due date, or in the case of a holiday or weekend, the next business day.
Grants will be awarded to non-profit or community-based organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community. Contributions will be distributed primarily in the local area served by Beltrami Electric Cooperative. The funding categories are as follows: Community Service, Economic Development, Education & Youth and Environment.
Grants will not be made for lobbying, political and religious organizations, veteran, fraternal and labor organizations, fund-raising dinners, raffles, capital fund campaigns, national fund drives, advertising or ongoing operational expenses.
Please help Beltrami Electric Cooperative help our service area communities – let’s make Operation Round Up® the success it can be!
Donations made since program inception in 2016: $87,633.
See the full list of Grant Recipients here: