Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative’s Concern for Community program provides grants of up to $5,000 for capital improvement projects throughout the Heartland service area. Applications are accepted in September of each year. To qualify for a grant, a project must fit within one of the following categories:
- County fairs: Projects related to county fairs in the Heartland service area, with a focus on infrastructure projects and other projects that are not supported by normal fair sponsorships.
- Schools: Schools within the cooperative’s service area that have capital campaigns for facilities that would positively impact Heartland consumer-members.
- Non-profit organizations: Non-profit organizations undergoing capital campaigns with facilities that focus on education, environment, culture and the arts, and civic and community development that would positively impact Heartland consumer-members.
- Other: Other projects that better the communities in or surrounding the cooperative’s service area, as authorized by the board.
Funds for Heartland's Concern for Community Grants come from the cooperative's unclaimed capital credit retirement checks. Because that money was intended to support the local community, Heartland's Board of Directors has decided to use those funds for community grants. Applications will be scored by Heartland staff members. The top-scoring applications will be given to the Heartland Board of Directors for final selection and approval in October, and funds will be distributed in November. In keeping with Heartland’s goal of encouraging sustainable development, preference will be given to collaborative projects receiving support from other sources.
Grant money does not come from cooperative revenues and the issuing of grants will not impact future rates or capital credit allocations.
Applications are closed for 2021 Concern for Community Grants. Applications will be accepted for the next round of grants in September 2022.
If you have any questions, reach out to Doug Graham at (620) 724-5526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.