2016 Third and Fourth Quarter Grants Awarded

The Kay Electric Community Foundation Board met in July and October to review the grant applications submitted for the third and fourth quarter of 2016.  Grants totaling $13,220 for these two quarters have been awarded to nine recipients.  KECF has awarded $26,876 in grants in 2016.

Most Kay Electric Cooperative members participate in K-UP, in which electric bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar.  The amount rounded up can be as little as one cent and is never more than 99 cents a month.  On average, each participating member contributes around $6 a year.

The funds are pooled and administered by the KECF Boards of Directors, which meets quarterly to consider grant applications.  The board consists of President Jared Grell, Vice-President Barbara Regier, Secretary/Treasurer Candy Oller, Director Sue Streller, and Director Rose Mary Hoemann.  There are also three non-voting advisory board members: KEC’s CEO Tim Rodriguez, COO JD Soulek, and Administrative Assistant Cyndi Mitchell.



The third and fourth quarter grants for 2016 include:  

  • Billings Wheatheart Nutrition Project – Will use the $2,500 KECF grant funds to purchase a new steam table and top.
  • Blackwell Quarterback Club – Will use the $1,000 KECF grant funds to remodel the press box at the Blackwell High School Football field.
  • Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center – The $1,000 KECF grant will be used for a Therapy Garden.
  • Blackwell High School Colorguard – Will use the $480 grant to purchase new show flags and new Maroon Spirit Flags.
  • Blackwell Youth Football League – Will use the $1,500 KECF grant funds to purchase new equipment.
  • The Billings Historical Society – Will use the $2,500 KECF grant to help repair the museum floor.
  • Blackwell Youth Center – Will use the $150 KECF grant to help replace equipment.
  • Kildare Fire Department – Will use the $2,500 KECF grant funds to purchase seven aluminum air cylinders.
  • Braman Volunteer Fire Department – Will use the $1,590 KECF grant to purchase a saw with extractor blade.

Foundation grants will be awarded primarily to the following projects and organizations: Programs, projects and organizations that are important components of a community’s overall quality of life, with emphasis on public safety, health care, senior citizens affiliated organization and projects, self-sufficiency, and basic human needs.  Educational, youth programs and volunteer fire departments will also be considered for grants.  All applicants need to reside in KEC’s 

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