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Operation Round-Up

Guidelines for Applicants

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 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: Operation Round Up, 2243 East Main St., Greenfield, IN 46140. Questions concerning the application should be directed to Operation Round Up at NineStar Connect, 317-323-3087.  Please leave a message and someone will return your call promptly.   You can also send an email message by sending to:     Applications may be submitted at any time.

All applications will be reviewed by a fifteen (15) 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 2018 Operation Round Up Grant Recipients:

 Animal Outreach of Shelby County
Bentley’s Buddies and Friends
Bundy Auditorium
Cornerstone Robotics
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity
Greenfield Central Band Boosters
Greenfield Central School Foundation
Hancock County 40 & 8 Voiture 1415
Hancock County Children’s Choir
Hancock County Food Pantry
Hancock County Search Dogs, Inc.
Hancock County Senior Services Inc.
Hancock County Veterans Park
Healthy Communities of Henry County
J.B. Stephens Elementary – Camp Invention
Knightstown Parks & Recreation
Knightstown Youth Football
McCordsville United Methodist Church – Matthew’s Playground
Meals on Wheels of Hancock County
Mental Health Partners of Hancock County
More Than Conquerors
New Palestine Band Boosters
New Palestine Intermediate Robotics Team
The Landing Place
Trail Life USA Fortville c/o NLCF
VIPS – Visually Impaired Preschool Services