Consumers Energy Foundation Grant

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in Michigan: Alcona County, Allegan County, Alpena County, Antrim County, Arenac County Expand all

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Michigan: Alcona County, Allegan County, Alpena County, Antrim County, Arenac County, Bay County, Benzie County, Charlevoix County, Cheboygan County, Clare County, Clinton County, Crawford County, Eaton County, Emmet County, Genesee County, Gladwin County, Grand Traverse County, Gratiot County, Huron County, Ingham County, Iosco County, Isabella County, Kalamazoo County, Kalkaska County, Kent County, Lapeer County, Leelanau County, Lenawee County, Livingston County, Macomb County, Manistee County, Midland County, Missaukee County, Monroe County, Montmorency County, Muskegon County, Oakland County, Ogemaw County, Oscoda County, Otsego County, Ottawa County, Presque Isle County, Roscommon County, Saginaw County, Sanilac County, Shiawassee County, St. Clair County, Tuscola County, Washtenaw County, Wayne County, Wexford County Other eligible locations: United States

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Overview:

We award grants for capital funding and innovative projects and campaigns that align with our four focus areas:

Social Welfare

Our social welfare grants go beyond bill payment relief programs, like PeopleCare and Walk for Warmth. We also support nonprofit agencies that help families in crisis, providing basic needs like food, clothing, appliances and furniture. These agencies, like United Way, offer a ray of hope during times of chaos and uncertainty.

We are proud to support the work of community agencies like Kids Food Basket with grants that provide meals for hungry children. We help connect families to critical resources too, with support for Michigan’s 2-1-1 referral service. The hotline helps people with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, transportation and more.

Where there’s a social welfare agency in the community, you’re also likely to find our employees volunteering to serve meals, raise money and contribute essential items for those in need.

Education

We Encourage Forward Thinkers

Education is a priority. Our focus areas are pre-K through higher education, with an emphasis on education readiness, and STEM curricula. We’re also involved in a statewide effort to encourage students to consider STEM careers through Michigan FIRST Robotics. We foster creative approaches to early childhood development like the Great Start Collaborative Traverse Bay’s 5toOne initiative and Imagination Library. We support early-childhood programs across Michigan, as well as higher education in Michigan such as Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University.

Community and Civic Development

Creating Cool Cities and Top 10 Towns

We imagine a Michigan where every community is not only livable, but lovable. Places with wildly attractive public assets, great neighborhoods and vibrant downtowns. Desirable. It’s important for Michigan families and businesses.

We’re deeply involved in community development efforts across the state. We’re very deliberate about working with Michigan companies and have commitments to spend billions with state businesses through the Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative. The Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants to support economic development to improve the welfare of whole communities, with a focus on funding projects with long-term benefits.

You’ll find our grants at work beautifying parks, developing trails, and supporting zoos, community art, museums and stage productions. Our grants are being put to use to strengthen Michigan communities throughout the Lower Peninsula.

The Environment

With Great Lakes Come Great Responsibility

Our freshwater lakes and streams make us unique in all of the 50 states. Our 56,000 square miles of land front four of the five Great Lakes. It’s a point of pride, and demands great care. So, we pay special attention to projects that benefit the health and sustainability of water. We’re just as concerned about the health and viability of land, air and wildlife. 

We’re committed to sustaining Michigan’s natural resources. Our grants support removal of invasive species, conservation of natural resources and fostering of stewardship and environmental education. Some of our more recent grant recipients include Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative, Legacy Land Conservancy’s Upper Grand River Protection Partnership, and the Blandford Nature Center.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Foundation will consider requests from qualified organizations to support operating budgets and capital fund programs for the construction, refurbishment or purchase of buildings, structures, equipment or physical enhancements
  • We are primarily focused on communities in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula where Consumers Energy has a business presence.
    • We will consider requests from organizations located elsewhere for programs or projects that significantly benefit our state and the communities served by Consumers Energy.
  • The most important criteria for consideration is alignment with our key focus areas, having a 501(c)(3) status and being located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Ineligibility:

  • Normally, the Foundation will not contribute to endowments.
  • What the Foundation Does Not Fund
    • There are legal and practical limits to what the Foundation supports.
      • For example, the Foundation does not purchase tickets or make payments to events or celebrations to raise funds for charitable purposes, nor does it sponsor advertising supporting these efforts. 
    • What follows is a list of requests that fall outside of the Foundation’s scope.
      • Individuals
      • Individual scholarships
      • Individual sponsorships related to fundraising
      • Organizations that do not qualify as charitable organizations as defined by the Internal Revenue Service
      • Organizations that practice discrimination on the basis of sex, age, height, weight, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, handicap or veteran status
      • Political organizations and political campaigns
      • Religious organizations when the contribution will be used for denominational or sectarian purposes
      • Labor or veterans organizations
      • Fraternal orders
      • Social clubs
      • Debt-reduction campaigns
      • Sports tournaments
      • Talent or beauty contests
      • Loans for small business
  •  Because our resources are limited, we are unable to provide grants for individual schools.