The purpose of the Operation Round-Up Program and the NineStar Community Trust is to accumulate and distribute funds for charitable purposes to groups/organizations or individuals located within the perimeter boundaries of NineStar Connect’s power and communication service areas. This roughly includes Hancock and parts of Hamilton, Henry, Madison, Marion, Rush and Shelby Counties.
The source of these funds is the membership of NineStar Connect electric and communication customers, who voluntarily have their bills rounded up to the next highest dollar. This money is accumulated by the co-op and transferred to NineStar Community Trust.
Those Eligible to Apply for Funds include any group, organization, individual or charity whose primary mission benefits a significant portion of the members (customers) of NineStar Connect. For the most part, funds will be provided to meet the needs of applicants which aren’t being met through other sources.
The maximum amount available to any group, organization or individual that directly benefits a portion of the members (customers) of NineStar Connect is $10,000 per request, and only one request will be considered in 12-month period.
Funding for Political Contributions and Payment of Utility Bills Will Not Be Considered. Only those activities or needs that have solid community support will be considered for funding.
Applications for Funding can be picked up at NineStar Connect north or south campuses or can be printed from the website. Applications may also be mailed upon request. An original copy of the completed application should be mailed to NineStar Connect, Attn: Brad Henderson, 2243 East Main St., Greenfield, IN 46140. Questions concerning the application should be directed to Brad Henderson at NineStar Connect, 317-323-2714. Applications may be submitted at any time.
All applications will be reviewed by a sixteen (16) member Board of Trustees. The Board will meet no less than quarterly and may meet more frequently as the number of applications received dictates. Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision regarding their applications within thirty days following Board action on said application.
Here is a list of the 2016 Operation Round Up Grant Recipients:
American Military Heritage Foundation
Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department
Greenfield Parks Department
Hancock County FOP
More Than Conquerors
Greenfield Veteran’s Honor Guard
Hackleman Eagle Scout Project
Women’s Resource Center
Mental Health Partners of Hancock County
Mt. Vernon High School
South Madison Community School Corp. Band Boosters
Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center
Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House Foundation
Hancock Regional Foundation
New Castle Pediatrics–Reach Out & Read
Hancock County Veterans Park
Maxwell Intermediate School
Hancock Regional Hospital School of Radiological Tech
Hancock County Cemetery Commission
Visually Impaired Preschool Services
Shirley Police Department
Girls on the Run
Bentley’s Buddies & Friends
LOVE INC. of Greater Hancock County
Hancock County Arts & Cultural Council
Hancock County Food Pantry
Hancock County Children’s Choir