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K-UP Raises Over $26K for Local Communities Member contributions make a difference!


he Kay Electric Community Foundation (KECF) board met in July and October to review grant applications for the third and fourth quarter of 2016. The board awarded grants totaling $13,220 to nine recipients. The board awarded a total of $26,876 in grants in 2016.


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Funding for grants come from Kay Electric Cooperative (KEC)members who participate in K-UP, a


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KECF board members include Jared Grell, president; Barbara Regier, vice president; Candy Oller, secretary-treasurer; and Sue Streller and Rose Mary Hoemann, directors. Three non-voting advisory members also serve on the board: Tim Rodriguez, KEC CEO; JD Soulek, COO; and Cyndi Mitchell, KEC administrative assistant.


The average co-op member donates roughly $6 per year to the K-UP program.


voluntary program in which participant’s electric bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar. The remaining pennies are donated to K-UP to help organizations and communities in the KEC service area. Individual donations are never more than 99 cents a month and often only a few cents. The average member contributes roughly six dollars a year.


K-UP funds are pooled and administered by the KECF board of directors, which meets quarterly to consider grant applications. Through K-UP, participating members and employees contribute roughly $2,400 per month.


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Foundation grants are awarded primarily to


programs, projects and organizations that are crucial


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Applicants must reside in KEC’s ¿YH FRXQW\ VHUYLFH WHUULWRU\ WKDW LQFOXGHV *DU¿HOG *UDQW .D\ Noble, and Osage counties.


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are due January 9, 2017. Download program details and applications at www. kayelectric.coop/content/foundation.


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Grant Recipients 3rd and 4th Quarter 2016


• Billings Wheatheart Nutrition Project – $2,500 grant to purchase a new steam table and top.


• Blackwell Quarterback Club – $1,000 grant to remodel the press box at the Blackwell High School Football field.


• Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center – $1,000 grant for a therapy garden.


• Blackwell High School Color Guard – $480 grant to purchase new show flags and new maroon spirit flags.


• Blackwell Youth Football League – $1,500 grant to purchase new equipment.


• The Billings Historical Society – $2,500 grant to repair the museum floor.


• Blackwell Youth Center – $150 grant to replace equipment.


Electric bills increase during the winter for a variety of reasons––holiday gatherings, houseguests, and shorter days and longer nights. Small measures, like turning down your thermostat, replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs and washing clothes in cold


water can help control energy costs. Source: TogetherWeSave.com


• Kildare Fire Department – $2,500 grant to purchase seven aluminum air cylinders.


• Braman Volunteer Fire Department – $1,590 grant to purchase a saw with an extractor blade.


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