Who may apply for these grants?
This grant is available for a non-profit organization or agency who helps members in our service area. The list of qualifying counties include all or part of: Childress, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Hale, Hall, Hardeman, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley and Stonewall. Please refer to our website and service area map for exact locations. https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=033a6db4b71d4537996e87803fc0329e&extent=-102.5887,32.8424,-99.0703,34.5086
How much are the grants?
The grants are up to $1,500.
How will the applications be judged?
The Operation Round Up Board of Directors will select the recipients.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
1. A project that positively impacts our members and communities within our service area.
2. Overall quality of the project and adherence to grant guidelines.
3. Project helps further Operation Round Up's mission of neighbors helping neighbors.
If you were a previous grant recipient, and didn't fulfill the guidelines, it will negatively affect your current eligibility. You may not be currently eligible.
What should be the focus of the proposal?
An eligible project should improve the quality of life to members in our service area and community. It should closely align with our mission of neighbors helping neighbors giving them a hand up, not a hand out.
How can I use the money?
The money must be expended in compliance with your proposal for the Operation Round Up Community Grant and within one year of receiving the grant. Funds are not available for administrative costs.
May the grant be used to extend/expand an existing project?
Yes, but in that case, clearly indicate the scope of the original project and how the Operation Round Up Community Grant will help support the original project.
What kind of documentation or “final report” is required?
Each Community Grant recipient must submit a written final report on their project, including pictures (with parental permission for print and online use if applicable). We would like to feature your project in the Texas Co-op Power magazine and on the South Plains Electric Cooperative website and social media pages. The final report must be mailed or emailed to Whitney Bryant within a month of completion and no later than September 1, 2024, at South Plains Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 1830, Lubbock, TX 79408, or wbryant@SPEC.coop. If emailing photos, send the largest size possible and attach only one picture per email. You can also use Dropbox to share the photos.
Entries must be submitted online by September 29, 2023 at 5 p.m.
For more information, contact: Whitney Bryant at 806.775.7829 or wbryant@SPEC.coop.