The Bluff Country Hiking Club of Chatfield has received a grant of $993 from People's Energy Cooperative's Operation Round Up® program. The organization will use the funds to purchase one kiosk and boot brush.

The Operation Round Up® fund at People's Energy Cooperative is funded by donations made by members of People's Energy Cooperative who voluntarily have their electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. About 11,600 members currently participate with the average of $6 a year per member. It truly shows that small change can make a difference.

Applications for funding are considered on a quarterly basis. The funds are held separately from the People's Energy Cooperative operating accounts and are administered through the Board of Trustees comprised of seven People's Energy Cooperative member volunteers.

To be considered for the next round of disbursements, applications must be made no later than Dec. 20. Program guidelines and applications for Operation Round Up® donations are available at or by calling People's Energy Cooperative at (507) 367-7000.