We Energies Foundation Grants

We Energies Foundation


Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000

Next deadline: Jul 31, 2018

Later deadlines: Oct 31, 2018, Jan 31, 2019, Apr 30, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Michigan: Alger County, Baraga County, Delta County, Dickinson County, Gogebic County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Our mission is to create brighter futures for the communities in which we do business, enhancing the growth and success of our company. The foundation strives to achieve positive community benefit and business value for each dollar invested.


Goals:

  • To pursue a sustained, consistent approach to funding within our focus areas, better enabling the organizations to achieve lasting results

  • To foster mutually beneficial relationships between We Energies and community organizations

  • To fully leverage company resources


We support initiatives promoting economic health, arts and culture, education and environment. As an extension of our outreach, employees serve on a number of nonprofit boards. We also conduct annual workplace giving campaigns for the arts and United Way, and we match our employees’ own charitable giving to educational, arts and cultural organizations.


Education

People of all ages should have access to educational opportunities, positioning them to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the workforce. That’s why our foundation supports the development of educational systems that educate and empower the students of today to embrace opportunity and achieve future success.


Economic Health

Our foundation supports programs that stimulate economic growth and development of the communities in which we live, work and do business. We believe strengthening the region’s economic base is critical to grow and retain world-class businesses and talent, create high-value employment and a sustainable quality of life.


Art and Culture

Arts and cultural activities raise the quality of life in our communities. Our foundation supports projects that expand and increase accessibility to the arts through outreach and that enhance creative expression in children through educational activities.


Environment

Our foundation supports environmental education, resource preservation and conservation programs that guide our communities toward a sustainable future.


The majority of our grants have been for $5,000 or less. Grants of $25,000 or more are rare. We consider many factors, including the specific project, program or initiative to be funded and the organization making the request, to determine funding amounts. Before allocating grants, the Foundation also takes into consideration many aspects of your proposal, including your organization’s mission, strategy, reputation, financial health, support from other funding sources, and the proposal’s overall budget and projected impact on the community.

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible projects/organizations are:
  • We provide general operating support but prefer to support a particular program or project.
  • An organization only will be eligible to receive funding once per calendar year. 
    • That means that you have an option of submitting multiple proposals knowing that only one will be funded or submitting a single proposal that combines the projects.
    • Some exceptions may be made when an organization hosts multiple divisions or departments, or when the projects target different areas of focus.

Ineligibility:

  • Grants generally are not made for the following purposes:

    • Individuals
    • Trips, tours, pageants, team or extra-curricular school events, and student exchange programs

    • Programs or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets

    • Political action or legislative advocacy groups

    • Veterans or fraternal organizations

    • Programs with a purpose that is solely athletic in nature

    • Organizations located outside the geographic boundaries of our service territory, except to fund a specific project that is delivered directly to our customer communities

    • Organizations determined by the IRS to be not tax-exempt under 501(c)(3)