Small Change, Changing Lives
Southern Indiana Power offers members an opportunity to help their neighbors and communities in which they live by helping fund worthwhile projects. Operation Round Up is a community service fundraising program.
The fund shall be used to benefit people and organizations such as Special Olympics, volunteer fire departments, Relay for Life, youth programs, 4-H, disaster relief, senior citizen programs, and other community service projects. The fund will not be used to pay electric bills or to support or oppose political candidates or campaigns.
Amount Granted Fall 2020 — $9,000
Spring 2021 Grant Award Details
Amount Granted — $17,350
Fire Departments & Emergency Services
Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department: $2,650 for the purchase of Wildland fire resistant boots
Anderson Twp. Volunteer Fire Department: $3,300 to purchase Whelen LED light bars ($2,596)
and Rear LED beacons ($700)
Spencer County Fire Chiefs’ Association: $5,000 to purchase safety vests for Spencer Co. Firefighters
Santa Claus Volunteer Fire Department: $3,000 for the purchase of firefighter helmets
Cannelton Food Pantry: $1,400 to purchase personal care items for clients
Carina Kessans, $500, University of Evansville, Tell City High School
Ashley Barnett, $500, University of Evansville, South Spencer High School
Jenna Burns, $500, Kentucky Wesleyan, Heritage Hills High School
Claire Davis, $500, Indiana University, Perry Central High School
Operation Round Up is just what the name implies. Southern Indiana Power will simply “round up” the electric bill of participating members to the next highest dollar. For example, a member’s monthly bill of $52.79 would be automatically rounded up to $53.00 with the additional 21 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund. Or, if your bill is $26.17, then the bill would be rounded up to $27.00 with 83 cents deposited in the fund.
Participating members will average 50 cents per month or $6.00 in contributions per year. Six dollars won’t buy much by itself, but with the majority of our members participating, the fund will soon collect enough money to really make a significant difference. The maximum a member could contribute would be $11.88 per year. That is 99 cents times 12 months which is highly unlikely. The donations are tax-deductible and members will be notified each year of the total amount of their contribution.
All Operation Round Up donations are placed in trust and administered by an independent board of trustees operating on behalf of the SIREC Community Trust, Inc. The seven-member board of trustees serves on a voluntary basis and geographically covers the Southern Indiana Power service territory.
We accept new applications two times a year, from January 1 to February 15 and then again on August 1 to September 15.
Please click on the appropriate link below and print the application (PDFs will be available closer to the application date).
- ORU Application 2021(PDF) and Operation Round Up Guidelines (PDF)
Next grant cycle is August 1 – September 15, 2021.
- Scholarship Application (PDF) and Scholarship Guidelines (PDF) If you’ve already received a scholarship you will not be eligible.
Applications will be accepted January 1 – February 15, 2022.
Operation Round Up is a voluntary program and members may choose to opt-out at any time. Fill out the form below to opt in or out of the program.