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Operation Round Up

ORU grant recipients, Braham Elementary

Small Change Makes a Big Difference
It's only small change - 1 cent to 99 cents per month - but when you multiply that by the thousands who participate in Operation Round Up, it makes a big difference. Since Operation Round Up began, our members have contributed over $1 million to improve the quality of life in our communities.

How it works
Each month, your energy bill is "rounded up" to the next highest dollar. The average yearly contribution from each participant is $6. The maximum yearly contribution is $11.88. Contributions are tax deductible.

The money collected is pooled with contributions from other participating members. A trust board, representing a good cross section of local community members who are aware of our communities' needs, disperses the funds. The board meets four times each year to screen and approve donation requests.

The trust board allocates funds according to general guidelines. Categories include Community Service, Economic Development, Education and Youth, Environment, Emergency Energy Assistance and Disaster Relief. All funds are used locally, except in cases of unusual disasters.
You can help
You can start making a difference in your community today! Sign up via SmartHub or call 1-800-254-7944.

Download Operation Round Up brochure

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Shop AmazonSmile and support Operation Round Up

AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon. It offers the same wide selection of products and convenient shopping features as The difference is that when you shop AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% to East Central Energy Trust (Operation Round Up). There is no cost to you or the charitable organization.

The link provided below will take you to the AmazonSmile login page or go to and select East Central Energy Trust. Login using the same username and password you use for your Amazon or Amazon Prime account and start shopping! 

Thank you for supporting the Operation Round Up program.

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How organizations can apply for funds
Local charitable organizations that want to apply for an ORU grant can call 1-800-254-7944 ext. 8031 to request an application form.

Download a fillable application form

Hint: save application to personal files, fill out required information, print, sign, then mail to Operation Round Up, East Central Energy, P.O. Box 39, Braham, MN 55006, with supporting documents.

Download supporting documents.
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification form

The Operation Round Up Trust Board meets quarterly to review applications and award grants.

2021 Meeting Dates Application Due Date
January 18, 2021 December 14, 2020 - CLOSED
April 19, 2021 March 15, 2021
July 12, 2021 June 14, 2021
October 18, 2021 September 13, 2021

Already received a grant from Operation Round Up and your project is complete?
Download the Operation Round Up Grant final report form




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