Grant application deadline Oct. 29
At their June meeting, St. Croix Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors allocated $6,963 to 27 local organizations via its Commitment to Community grant program and it’s nearly time to review the next round of applications: The deadline is Monday, Oct. 29.
The grants awarded to local organizations serving the unmet humanitarian, social and educational needs within our general service area demonstrate Cooperative Principle #7: Concern for Community. More than 200 local organizations and/or projects have received $150,000+ over the 15 years since the Commitment to Community grant program was created, with no one organization receiving more than $500 in a year.
“The cooperative was founded by local citizens who needed electricity brought out to their farms,” Chairman Bill Peavey said. “Today, we’re still owned by our members. The grant program and continuing education scholarships are our way of giving back to our members and the communities that have supported us for over 80 years.”
Community Cents, a program developed in 2017 allowing members to voluntarily round up their monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar, now adds even more funding to the $1.37 per member budgeted by the board: In its inaugural year the program netted more than $675 in additional funding for 2018 grants, and this year is on track to DOUBLING that amount.
“This is a totally painless way to share and help out in the SCEC network,” District 2 Director Al Wilkie said. “With over 10,000 members we have the potential to positively impact the lives and needs of many individuals and groups in our local communities.”