Central Electric Awards Grants

Central Electric Cooperative is awarding $13,800 in Operation Round-Up grants to support area projects. Through Operation Round-Up, participating cooperative members round up their monthly electric bill to the next whole dollar, and the contributions are pooled together to support local causes. Several Central Electric employees also contribute to the fund.

Eleven organizations received grants including the Canova Volunteer Fire Department receiving $2000 for hoses and equipment, the Friends of Miner County 4-H: $500 for campground improvements & Hearts and Hammers of SD in Howard received $1000 for home repair materials and equipment. 

Since 2015, Central Electric’s Operation Round-Up® fund has generated nearly $200,000 to support area projects. A volunteer board of trustees made up of cooperative members from each county awards the grants.

Grant applications are accepted every six months. The next deadline is May 1, 2024.  A complete listing of grant recipients can be found here:


Abernathy Post 16 (Gann Valley): $1,000 for American Legion grave markers

Bridgewater-Emery School Career & Technical Education: $1,500 for welding equipment 

Canova Volunteer Fire Department: $2,000 for hoses and equipment

Friends of Miner County 4-H: $500 for campground improvements

Friends of Sanborn County 4-H: $1,000 for tables and chairs

Hanson County 4-H Leaders: $1,300 for arena bleachers 

Hearts and Hammers of S.D. (Howard): $1,000 for home repair materials and equipment

Helping Ends Meet Food Program (Chamberlain): $1,500 for youth nutrition program

Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Association (Mount Vernon): $500 for a fence

J&B 4-H Shooting Sports (Wessington Springs): $1,000 for equipment and supplies

Sleep in Heavenly Peace (Mitchell): $2,500 for youth bed building program


For more information, please call 1-800-477-2892, visit www.centralec.coop/operation-round-up or contact your local trustee.