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Operation Round Up awards $40,000 in grants

Grants totaling $40,000 were awarded to representatives of 77 local projects May 15. The funds were raised through Itasca-Mantrap co-op members’ voluntary donations through the Operation Round Up program. (Submitted photo)

The Itasca-Mantrap Operation Round Up Trust awarded grants totaling $40,000 to 77 civic projects May 15 at the electrical co-op's office in Park Rapids.

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 $91,000 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 Sept. 16. Official grant application forms are available at the Itasca-Mantrap office and at www.itasca-mantrap.com.

The latest grant recipients and the amounts they received were as follows:

Akeley

Akeley Community Library, $200

Park Rapids area

ACES MN, $450; All Veterans Memorial in Hubbard County Inc., $200; Century Elementary autism resource room, $300; Century Elementary DCD, $200; Century Elementary EBD Program — PEACE, $200; Century Elementary EBD Program — sensory toolbox, $350; Century Elementary EBD Program — social skills, $300; Century Elementary Interventions, $1,000; Century Elementary Physical Education, $400; Century Elementary 2nd grade, flexible instruction, $200; Century Elementary 2nd grade, flexible seating, $250; Century Elementary 3rd Grade, $150; 5th-H 4-H Club, $300; Heartland Homes, Options in Community Living Inc., $750; Helping Hands through Century PTA, $1,000; Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, $300; Hubbard County Food Shelf, electronic registration system, $1,000; Hubbard County Food Shelf, garden, $100; Hubbard County 4-H Ambassador mystery trip, $250; Hubbard County Historical Society, $500; Hubbard County K9 Unit, $2,000; Hubbard County Sheriff's Office Chaplains, $1,000; Hubbard County Transportation Collaborative, $2,000; Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, $1,000; Lake Country Associates "The Cottage", $300; Living At Home of the Park Rapids Area, $800; Hubbard County LSS Senior Nutrition, $865; Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association, $400; Northern Light Opera Company, $650; Ojibwe Language Project, $600; Park Rapids Area Gymnastics, $500; Park Rapids Area High School Alternative Learning Center, $400; Park Rapids Area High School BPA, $750; Park Rapids Area Hockey Association, $300; Park Rapids Boys Basketball Boosters, $500; Park Rapids Clay Dusters, $500; Park Rapids Fire Department, $2,000; Park Rapids JO Volleyball, $300; Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council — Art Leap, $300; Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council — Great American Story, $300; Park Rapids Panthers Golf Boosters, $300; Park Rapids Post Prom, $750; Park Rapids Senior Slam, $500; Park Rapids Volleyball Boosters, $500.

Menahga

Menahga Post Prom, $750.

Nevis

Nevis Class of 2023, $200; Nevis Community Ed. — summer baseball/softball, $500; Nevis Elementary School, Art Mentoring Club, $300; Nevis Elementary School, sensory resources, $400; Nevis Elementary School, social skills, $300; Nevis Elementary School, Strong Kids/ Healthy Futures, $350; Nevis Elementary Special Ed, Alternative Energy Project, $300; Nevis Football Boosters, $500; Nevis High School baseball teams, $400; Nevis High School PBIS Student Incentives, $300; Nevis High School Robotics Team 3102, $750; Nevis High School Special Ed., Life Skills — Cooking, $300; Nevis Musical Theatre, $500; Nevis Post Prom, $750; Nevis Public School Special Ed., $300; Nevis Public School Special Olympics, $300; Nevis Public School Transportation Dept., $400; Nevis Women's Club, $400

Osage

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

Other

Camp Olson YMCA, $400; Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts, $500; Kindred Family Focus, $500; RD Offutt Huntersville Sportsmen's Park, $350; Voyageurs Area Council — Boy Scouts of America, $300.

Pine Point

Pine Point Community Council, $500; Pine Point School, 2nd grade, $300.

Walker/Hackensack

Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue Department, $835; Northwoods Arts Council, $500; Walker Hackensack Akeley Girls Basketball, $400; Walker Hackensack Akeley School Forest, $300; Walker JO Volleyball Team, $200.

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