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Operation Round Up

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Operation Round Up Grant Application & Guidelines


In May 2016, Beltrami Electric Cooperative joined 28 other Minnesota electric cooperatives that participate
in this program.   Electric Cooperatives around the nation have been participating in Operation Round Up® for over 25 years.

Operation Round Up® is just what its name implies.  Your monthly billing statement is rounded up to the next whole dollar amount.  For example, a member's monthly bill of $62.73 would be automatically rounded up to $63.00, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund.  Through participation in Operation Round Up®, the average contribution per member is approximately fifty cents ($.50) a month, or six dollars ($6) per year.  The most any one account could contribute is $11.88 per year. On the average, most Members will contribute quite a bit less. If you have more than one account, you can choose to have one, all, or none of them on Operation Round Up®.  The money collected from Member contributions will be kept in a separate Trust account.

This contribution is tax deductible, and the amount donated is shown on monthly bills.

It’s your choice… Members who choose not to take part may withdraw simply by notifying BEC of their decision at any point.  Members can contact BEC at (218) 444-2540 or toll free at (800) 955-6083 or submit the form below. 

Opt-out of Operation Round Up® here

If you have previously opted out of the program and now after seeing the program results would like to contribute, contact our office.  We would be happy to assist you in opting back in to the program.  Or, if you would like to increase your donation beyond the round up amount, you may contact our office to set this up.

Operation Round Up Trust Board:

The Operation Round Up® Trust Board is separate from the Beltrami Electric  Board of Directors. The Trust Board is made up of five members from our community who serve on the Board on a voluntary basis without any compensation.. Michelle Sand, Bemidji; Sharon Lembke, Laporte; Randy Friske, Bemidji; Sherry Billups, Blackduck; Lea Perkins, Red Lake.  The board reviews applications and distributes funds four times per year. 
Application deadlines for 2019 are March 29, June 28, September 30 and December 31.  Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the due date, or in the case of a holiday or weekend, by noon of the next business day.

Grants will be awarded to non-profit or community-based organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community. Contributions will be distributed primarily in the local area served by Beltrami Electric Cooperative.  The funding categories are as follows: Community Service, Economic Development, Education & Youth and Environment. 

Grants will not be made for lobbying, political and religious organizations, veteran, fraternal and labor organizations, fund-raising dinners, raffles, capital fund campaigns, national fund drives, advertising or ongoing operational expenses.

Please help Beltrami Electric Cooperative help our service area communities – let’s make Operation Round Up® the success it can be!

Frequently Asked Questions


Grant donations made since program inception in 2016: $267,569. 


See the full list of Grant Recipients here:

Operation Round Up® Grant Recipients to date


October 2016 ORU Grant Recipients January 2017 ORU Grant Recipients
October 2016 Grant Recipients January 2017 Grant Recipients  
April 2017 ORU Grant Recipients July 2017 ORU Grant Recipients
April 2017 Grant Recipients July 2017 Grant Recipients
October 2017 Grant Recipients group photo January 2018 Grant Recipients for ORU
October 2017 Grant Recipients January 2018 Grant Recipients
ORU Grant Recipients for April 2018 July 2018 Operation Round Up Grant Recipients Group Photo
April 2018 Grant Recipients

July 2018 Grant Recipients

Group photo of organizations receiving grant from Operation Round Up in October 2018 Image of ORU recipients from January 2019
October 2018 Grant Recipients January 2019 Grant Recipients


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