The Itasca-Mantrap Operation Round Up Trust recently awarded $45,000 to 83 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 $130,000 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. 15. Official grant application forms are available at the Itasca-Mantrap office and at


Akeley Community Library $200 and Akeley/Nevis Community Food Shelf $1,000.

Park Rapids area

1003 Pathways to Wellness, Inc. $500; 8th Hour $250; ACTION Park Rapids Lakes Area $320

All Veterans Memorial in Hubbard County Inc. $500; Autism Spectrum Disorders Resource Room $650; Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scout $1,000; Century Elementary EBD Program - Flexible Seating $300; Century Elementary EBD Program - Sensory Tools $300; Century Elementary EBD Program - Special Ed $300; Century Middle School Science $850; Century School - Elementary Learning Disabilities Classroom $300; Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC $500; Essentia Health Reach Out and Read $300; Heartland Concert Association $250; Helping Hands through Century PTA $1,000; Hubbard County 4-H Drill Team $300; Hubbard County 4-H Livestock $300; Hubbard County 4-H R.E.D. $750; Hubbard County 4-H Shooting Sports $400; Hubbard County Food Shelf $1,000; Hubbard County Historical Society $600; Hubbard County Sheriff's Mounted Posse $1,000; K-12 Park Rapids Instructional Program $1,000; Kindred Family Focus $500; Kinship of the Park Rapids Area $800; Lakes Area Dive Team $1,000; Let's Go Fishing for Seniors $500; Living At Home of the Park Rapids Area $500; Lutheran Social Service of MN/Senior Nutrition - Hubbard Co. $1,000; Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association $500; Nemeth Art Center $300; Northern Light Opera Company $500; Northwoods Arts Council $400; Ojibwe Language Project $500; Osage Bait & Tackle Senior Nutrition Meals $1,000; Park Rapids Amateur Hockey Association $500; Park Rapids Area Gymnastics $500; Park Rapids Century Elementary - iPad Mini $800; Park Rapids Boys' and Girls' Cross Country $300; Park Rapids Century Elementary - Music $650; Park Rapids Clay Dusters $500; Park Rapids Fire Department $2,600; Park Rapids 1st Grade, Mrs. Corbin's Classroom $300; Park Rapids High School Alternative Learning Center (H.E.L.P.) $1,000; Park Rapids High School Business Professionals of America $500; Park Rapids High School Senior Slam $750; Park Rapids Juniors Volleyball $300; Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council - Art Leap $250; Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council - Great American Story $250; Park Rapids Panthers Boys and Girls Golf Boosters $300; Park Rapids Post Prom $750; Park Rapids Volleyball Boosters $300; Parent Support Group at Century Elementary (PEACE) $300; RD Offutt Huntersville Sportsmen's Park $1,000; Shell Prairie Agriculture Assoc. Hubbard Co. Fair $600; Stellher Human Services, Century Elementary $300; Stony Lake Beavers 4-H Club $300; Support Within Reach Sexual Violence Resource Center $500; The 5th-H $300; Timberland Dirt Devils ATV/UTV Club Inc. $500; True Friends $500 and YMCA Camp Olson $300.


Lutheran Social Service of MN/Senior Nutrition - Menahga Area $1,000 and Menahga Post Prom $750.


Nevis Community Ed. - Kids & Parents Cooking $300; Nevis Community Ed. - Summer Baseball/Softball $500; Nevis Football Boosters $500; Nevis Lions Club 66556 $200; Nevis PBIS Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports $300; Nevis Post Prom $750; ISD 308 Nevis - Girls Exploring Science $300, ISD 308 Nevis - Sensory Integration Items $300; Nevis PTA $300; Nevis Special Education $300 and Nevis Special Olympics $300.

Pine Point

Pine Point Community Council - Cultural Class $300 and Pine Point Community Council - Music Fest $300.


Family Safety Network of Cass County, Inc. $500; Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue Department $630; Walker, Hackensack, Akeley Post Prom Committee $750 and Walker Junior Olympics (JO) Volleyball $200