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Operation Round Up grants awarded, now accepting grant applications

Posted on Jun 23 2017 in Southern Indiana Power

Glenn Goffinet of Anderson Township Fire Department accepts an Operation Round Up grant from Southern Indiana Power directors Gary Waninger and Michelle Lynch.

Thanks to your collective donations, Operation Round Up® is becoming a very successful way to provide funds to local community programs and projects.

Those eligible to apply for funds include groups or organizations located within the Southern Indiana Power service territory which covers Perry and Spencer counties along with some areas in Dubois and Warrick counties. Applicants are not required to be members of the cooperative.

The maximum grant amount available to any group or organization in any one year is $5,000.

An organization that previously received a grant in the last grant cycle will not be eligible for the current grant cycle.

Steve Hauser of Perry County EMA accepts a grant from Southern Indiana Power director Gary Waninger at the cooperative’s annual meeting.

Grants are available for local volunteer fire departments, youth programs, 4-H, senior citizen programs and other community service projects. The fund will NOT be used to pay any electric or utility bills or be used in any way to support or oppose any political candidate or campaign.

The Operation Round Up board of trustees will accept applications from Aug. 1 through Sept. 15. Disbursement will take place in October.

If you or your organization is interested in applying for an Operation Round Up grant, please visit the Southern Indiana Power office or download the forms from the website at

Due to the possible volume of requests there will be no blank applications mailed. If you have any questions, please contact the Southern Indiana Power office at 800-323-2316 or 812-547-2316 or email

Grant recipients

The Operation Round Up board of trustees awarded $17,220 in scholarships and grants to local students and community organizations.

  • Anderson Township Fire Department received $1,500 to purchase a reconditioned SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus).
  • Chrisney Volunteer Fire Deptartment received $2,120 to purchase two new radios, two new pagers, radio batteries and pager batteries.
  • Grandview Volunteer Fire Department received $2,200 to purchase 10 medical kits.
  • Santa Claus Volunteer Fire Department received $3,000 to purchase a thermal imaging camera.
  • Perry County Emergency Management Agency received $1,400 to purchase a Scenestar LED emergency scene light.
  • Perry County Coon Club received $2,000 to replace and install new LED lighting.
  • Gentryville United Methodist Church Youth Group received $1,000 to pack bags of non-perishables and serve meals at the Micah Center in Dale.
  • Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 7 received $1,000 to fund its veterans’ assistance program.
  • Spencer County CASA received $1,000 to train new volunteers and supply case management support.

Scholarship recipients

Pictured to the right are the four students who each received a $500 scholarship through Operation Round Up.

  • Hillary Hubert from Perry Central attends the University of Southern Indiana.
  • Logan Harding from Perry Central attends Purdue University.
  • Alexa Gengelbach from Heritage Hills attends Logan University.
  • Megan Teague from Tell City attends Indiana University