The Itasca-Mantrap Operation Round Up Trust recently awarded $30,000 to 58 civic projects.

Operation Round Up, a charitable program unique to electric co-ops, is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit or community-based organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the Itasca-Mantrap service area. The primary source of funding for the trust is from Itasca-Mantrap members who voluntarily round up their electric bills.

Grant applications totaled more than $75,000 for community projects, but because of limited funding, all requests could not be granted.

The Operation Round Up Trust Board meets twice a year to select grant recipients, based on applications received. The next application deadline is March 15. Official grant application forms are available at the Itasca-Mantrap office and at


Akeley Lions Club, $300 and Akeley/Nevis Community Food Shelf, $1,000.

Park Rapids area

All Veterans Memorial in Hubbard County Inc., $600; Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc., $500; Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts, $500; Century Elementary, Autism Classroom - Dividers, $650; Century Elementary, Autism Classroom - Sensory Space, $400; Century Elementary EBD Program - Adaptations/Modifications, $300; Century Elementary EBD Program - Character Education, $300; Century Elementary EBD Program - Flexible Seating, $150; Century Elementary EBD Program - PEACE, $300; Century Elementary Kindergarten Classroom, $300; Century Elementary 2nd Grade, $280; Century Elementary Special Ed, $550; Century Middle School Art Department, $300; Century Middle School 6th Grade, $300; Century Middle School STEM/Science Dept., $900; Essentia Health Reach Out and Read, $200; Helping Hands with Century PTA, $1,060; Hubbard County 4-H Ambassador Mystery Trip, $250; Hubbard County 4-H Shooting Sports, $560; Hubbard County 4-H Volunteer Training, $300; Hubbard County Historical Society, $300; Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, $1,000; Living At Home of the Park Rapids Area, $1,000; LSS Senior Nutrition - Hubbard Co., $1,000; Mantrap Valley Conservation Club, $250; Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association, $500; Nemeth Art Center, $300; Park Rapids Area High School Alternative Learning Center, $1,000

Park Rapids Area High School Business Professionals of America, $500

Park Rapids Area High School Clay Dusters, $500; Park Rapids Area High School Concert Band, $750; Park Rapids Area High School Economics, $200; Park Rapids Area High School Ice Fishing Team, $300; Park Rapids Area High School Practical Assessment Exploration System, $1,000; Park Rapids Schools Volleyball Program, $300; Park Rapids Figure Skating Club, $300; Park Rapids Juniors Volleyball, $300 and R.D. Offutt Huntersville Sportsmen's Park, $500


Nevis Community Ed. - Youth Muskie Football, $500; Nevis High School Art Club, $200; Nevis Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support, $250; Nevis PTA, $400; Nevis Public School - HS Special Ed, $300; Nevis Public School - Special Ed, $300; Nevis Public School - Special Olympics, $300 and Nevis Study Club, $500


Menahga Area Food Shelf, $1,000 and LSS Senior Nutrition - Menahga, $1,000.


Osage Bait & Tackle Senior Nutrition Meals, $1,000


Sustainable Sheep & Fiber Community of Northern Minnesota, $400 and Voyageurs Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, $300.

Pine Point

Pine Point Public School 3rd Grade, $1,000


Faith In Action for Cass County, $1,000; Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue Department, $500; Walker Junior Olympic Volleyball Team, $300 and Walker, Hackensack, Akeley Post Prom Committee, $750.