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.
Fall 2021 Grant Award Details
Amount Granted — $15,891
Fire Departments & Emergency Services
Perry County EMA: $3,866 for the purchase of (2) AED’s.
St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department: $5,000 to assist with the purchase of new battery-operated extrication tools.
Rome Community Center: $2,525 to purchase new tables for the historic Rome courthouse.
Santa Claus Department of Park & Recreation: $2,500 to help purchase trash receptacles and waste containers.
Tell City Jr. Sr. High School: $2000 to purchase necessities for students in need through “The Marksmen Closet.”
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 Guidelines (PDF)
Next grant cycle is August 1 – September 15, 2022.
- Scholarship Guidelines (PDF) If you’ve already received a scholarship you will not be eligible.
Applications will be accepted starting January 1 – February 15, 2023.
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.