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The Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up recently awarded grants to various groups and organizations.

Nearly 11-thousand dollars has been given out bringing the total amount of grants awarded by the program to just under a quarter of a million dollars in thepast 5 years.

Those benefiting from the most recent grant cycle include:

The second grade classes at Dubois Elementary School who received a $1,427.72 Operation Round Up grant to purchase the LEGO Education program and supplies.

Fairview General Baptist Church received an Operation Round Up grant of 55-hundred dollars to help construct barbecue pits and a shelter house which will be used by the church to host fundraisers. The facilities will also be available to other churches, non-profit organizations and schools to host fundraisers.

The Food Pantry program at Lincoln Hills United Methodist Church received a $2,000 Operation Round Up grant to purchase a back-up generator and have it installed. The program has been growing as it partners with other organizations to provide food for disadvantaged families.

The Crawford County United Ministries provides food once a week to families in Crawford County who are struggling. The Food Pantry received a $500 Operation Round Up grant to replace shelving, install new lighting and additional electrical outlets to accommodate more freezers and refrigerators.

And Jasper Youth Soccer received a $1,500 Operation Round Up grant to help develop new property for additional soccer facilities in the community.

Representatives from local civic groups or organizations who would like to apply for an Operation Round Up grant can download the application forms from
Applications are also available at the Dubois REC office, by calling 812-482-5454 or sending an email to Kyla Jones at

Those eligible to apply for the funds include groups or organizations located within the Dubois REC service territory, which covers the counties of Dubois, Crawford, Perry, Pike, Orange and Martin.

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.

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