Operation Round Up(date) - 2023 Q1 Funding

Operation Round Up(date) - 2023 Q1 Funding

Congratulations to the recipients of Operation Round Up funding from the first quarter of 2023! The Operation Round Up Committee reviewed many excellent applications and awarded the first round of funding for the year to eight deserving organizations. We are pleased that EQUS members can support these great projects in our rural communities:

Sundre West Country Centre, $1,800 - Funds for the purchase of floor curling equipment to be used by area residents.

Alberta Beach Library, $1,690 - Funds for lighting upgrades as part of renovations to the library facility. The current fluorescent lighting requires replacement and the library expects the new LED lighting will create a better space for 8,000+ visitors to the library each year, as well as reduce electricity costs.

Ecole John Wilson Elementary School, $4,550 - Funds to purchase a Blue Imp Swing as part of ongoing playground upgrades. The new playground will be inclusive and accessible with multiple structures including the swing funded by EQUS members, and will serve over 700 elementary and middle school students as well as the public.

Delburne Centralized School, $5,000 - Funding for the purchase and installation of two Gaga Ball Pits at Delburne Centralized School. Gaga Ball is a unique dodgeball game in an enclosed space that provides an interactive and engaging opportunity for creative play and physical fitness. The pits would be permanent and will be used by K-12 students at Delburne School as well as the community. 

Ecole Steffie Woima Elementary School, $5,000 - Funding to support the installation of a new playground to be used by over 475 students at the school as well as the surrounding community and children enrolled in the after-school care program. 

Elnora School, $3,000 - Funds for the purchase of books, gym, and camera equipment. Thanks to EQUS members, students at the K-8 school will have access to new books in their library, new equipment for physical education, and digital cameras that will allow students the option of participating in a photography class.

HJ Cody High School, $5,000 - Funding towards the purchase of an LED Media Wall as a replacement for a score clock in the school gymnasium that is no longer working. The school serves 740 students in grades 9-12 and hosts events, competitions, and presentations attended by many more.

Innisfail High School, $1,500 - Funding for the purchase of stainless steel tables for food prep as part of the school's breakfast program. The tables will provide a hygienic food-safe surface to serve fresh breakfast options to students. 

Pictured: EQUS Business Development Representative, Chantel Decker, with staff from Ecole John Wilson Elementary School in Innisfail

Operation Round Up is a program that provides grants to initiatives that support rural youth and seniors using funds raised from participating EQUS members rounding their monthly bills up to the nearest dollar. Operation Round Up funds are awarded by a committee that consists of the EQUS CEO, one representative from the EQUS Board of Directors, and three EQUS members. The committee meets quarterly to review applications and award funding of up to $5,000 per initiative.

The next deadline to apply for Operation Round Up Funding is coming up on September 30!

Learn more about Operation Round Up and apply online here

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