Itasca-Mantrap awards $45,000 in spring Round Up grants

The electrical co-op's members who volunteered to round their power bill up to the nearest dollar made funds available to a long list of community-based programs.

Spring 2022 recipients of Operation Round Up Grants gathered May 12, 2022 at the Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association facility in Park Rapids.
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The Operation Round Up Trust Board awarded $45,000 in grants to community projects May 12 at the Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association in Park Rapids.

Operation Round Up is charitable program in which Itasca-Mantrap members volunteer to round up their electric bills to the nearest dollar, providing financial aid to nonprofit or community-based organizations that show commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the Itasca-Mantrap service area.

Grant applications for the spring application period totaled more than $98,000. Due to limited funding, not all requests could be granted.

The following grants were awarded:

  • Akeley-Nevis Community Food Shelf, $951
  • Armory Arts and Events Center, $500
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Resource Room, $350
  • Calvary Lutheran Church Hard Hat Ministry, $1,500
  • Central Minnesota Council–Boy Scouts of America, $1,000
  • Century Elementary emotional or behavioral disorders program, $638
  • Eastern Hubbard County Fire District, $2,500
  • Family Safety Network, $700
  • Hackensack Area Fire and Rescue Department, $1,000
  • Heartland Arts, Inc., $500
  • Heartland Homes, Options in Community Living, Inc., $1,000
  • Helping Hands/Century Parent Teacher Association, $750
  • Heritage Community, $1,000
  • Hubbard County Historical Society, $425
  • Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, $1,500
  • Lakes Area Dive Team, Inc., $1,000
  • Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area, $1,000
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota/LSS Meals Hubbard County, $1,500
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota/LSS Meals of Menahga, $1,500
  • Nevis High School volleyball program, $500
  • Nevis Lions Club, $500
  • Nevis Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, $300
  • Nevis Public Schools Social Emotional Learning K-4, $500
  • Nevis Public Schools Hands on Math, $1,500
  • Nevis Public Schools Reading and Literacy Intervention, $1,000
  • Nevis Public Schools School Wellness, $300
  • Nevis Public Schools Special Education (grade 9-10 classroom), $300
  • Nevis Public Schools Special Olympics, $300
  • Nevis Public Schools Post-Prom 2022, $900
  • Nevis Women’s Club, $500
  • Northern Light Opera Company, $1,000
  • Northwoods Arts Council, $500
  • Northwoods Wildlife Rescue, $750
  • Osage Bait and Tackle senior nutrition meals, $2,000
  • Park Rapids Area gymnastics, $1,000
  • Park Rapids Area Library, $500
  • Park Rapids Century Elementary Social Emotional Learning, $183
  • Park Rapids Century Elementary Get Second Graders Moving, $200
  • Park Rapids Century Elementary flexible classroom seating, $250
  • Park Rapids Clay Dusters, $600
  • Park Rapids Farmers’ Market, $500
  • Park Rapids FFA chapter, $575
  • Park Rapids Fire Department, $2,000
  • Park Rapids Boys and Girls Golf Booster Club, $750
  • Park Rapids Panther Pride and Behavioral Support, $500
  • Park Rapids Senior Center, $750
  • Park Rapids Senior Slam, $900
  • Park Rapids Water Ski Team, $750
  • Park Rapids Youth Baseball, $500
  • Pine Point Elders White Earth Council of Elders, $250
  • Pine Point School grade 3 Teaming Up with Technology, $1,128
  • Pine Point School grade 2 iPads in Culture, $1,000
  • Pine Point School grade 2 Technology in Reading and Phonics, $1,000
  • True Friends $1,000
  • We R Furr, $500

The trust board meets twice a year to select grant recipients, based on applications received. The next application deadline is Sept. 15. Application forms are available at the Itasca-Mantrap office and at


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