The Clay County Historical Society has received a $2,000 grant to help with renovations.
The grant came from the Parke County REMC's Multi-County Community Grant program.
General Manager Bob McCullough reported distributions to Parke and Putnam counties as well, in a press release issued last week.
Turkey Run Elementary School in Parke County received $2,000 to purchase stereo cassette players and audio books for the school library. Riverton Parke High School received $2,875 to purchase advanced media technology items for its Technology/Writing lab. An undisclosed emergency request from Parke County for $2,500 was also granted.
In Putnam County, Habitat for Humanity received $4,800 to help in the completion of a home for a handicapped family.
Since the program began in January 2000, more than $175,000 has been distributed to support various non-profit programs and individuals.
Parke County REMC launched Operation Round Up in early 2000. Money for the philanthropic program comes from rounding up electric bills to the next dollar, then combining the extra cents from thousands of customers in a trust fund. More than half of Parke County REMC's 12,000 electric consumers voluntarily participate.
Distributions are made quarterly by a volunteer board of trustees.
Organizations interested in applying for funds may obtain an application and guidelines by writing Parke County REMC Operation Round Up, 119 W. High St., Rockville, IN 47872, visiting the Rockville office, calling (800) 537-3913 or downloading information from http://www.parkecountyremc.com. The applicant does not have to be served by Parke County REMC to qualify for a grant.
The application for the next grant cycle is March 3.
Parke County REMC provides electric service to businesses and residences in Parke, Clay, Fountain, Montgomery, Putnam and Vigo counties. It also offers long-distance calling plans, on-staff electricians and home and business security systems.