The next deadline is September 22  for Operation Round Up funds from Federated Rural Electric’s Trust Board.

Operation Round Up involves 77 percent of Federated’s members in Jackson and Martin Counties; they allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar amount. The “rounded up” change goes into a trust fund. An independent Trust Board, which consists of Federated members, evaluates local funding requests and distributes the funds.

The application form can be downloaded from Federated’s website: You can also call Federated at 507-847-3520 or 1-800-321-3520. Ask for Andrea to request an application (or e-mail:

Since 1995 Federated’s Trust Board has distributed more than $866,000 to local organizations including senior dining, hospice, fire/ambulance departments and high school scholarships.