Wheatland Announces Creation of Sharing Success Fund
Wheatland Electric establishes $10,000 charitable fund to benefit non-profits.
Scott City(November 20, 2012)- Wheatland Electric, Inc., an electric cooperative serving more than 33,000 electric meters in 19 different counties across Kansas, today announced the creation of a $10,000 charitable fund designed to benefit non-profit organizations throughout their service territory across rural Kansas.
Through the generosity of one of its partner banks, CoBank, which offered a matching contribution of up to $5000 to its cooperative customers, Wheatland was able to establish the new charitable fund with the help of the Scott Community Foundation.
Under the cooperative’s new “Sharing Success” fund, the funds will be made available, through a grant request process, to individual non-profit groups throughout its service territory. Non-profit groups are encouraged to submit their requests for funds to the Scott Community Foundation. The funds will be allocated in $1,000 blocks, with the intent to distribute the funds evenly throughout Wheatland’s service territory, as funding requests allow.
“We saw this as a great opportunity to establish a fund that would benefit multiple organizations throughout our service territory,” said Bruce Mueller, General Manager of Wheatland Electric. “When CoBank made the “Sharing Success” matching funds available to local cooperatives like us, we felt like this was a way we could give back to our local communities and maximize our investment. We are grateful to Ryan Roberts and the Scott Community Foundation for their willingness to work with us on this project. Without their help we would not have been able to establish this fund.”
The Scott Community Foundation will begin formally accepting applications for funding from non-profit organizations on December 1, 2012. The program will run until the funds are exhausted. Non-profit groups interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund should contact the Scott Community Foundation at 620-872-3790 for further details.