We Energies Foundation Grants

We Energies Foundation

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Next deadline: Oct 31, 2020

Later deadlines: Jan 31, 2021, Apr 30, 2021, Jul 31, 2021

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

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation Natural Resources Environmental Education Youth Involvement in the Arts Arts / Culture Access & Participation Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Employment Services Economic Services & Development Academic Success & Enrichment Educational Access & Equity Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

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

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

We Energies Charitable Giving

We Energies supports initiatives for community and neighborhood development, health and human services, arts and culture, education and environment. The company matches its employees’ charitable giving to those initiatives and also conducts an annual workplace giving campaign for the United Way. Financial support is limited to the activities of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations in communities served by We Energies. Most of the charitable support is through the We Energies Foundation, funded by stockholders of WEC Energy Group.


Goals

  • Pursue a sustained, consistent approach to funding within the focus areas, better enabling the organizations to achieve lasting results.

  • Foster mutually beneficial relationships between our subsidiaries and community organizations.


Contributions are made in the following categories

Arts and Culture
  • Arts and culture add to the richness of life in our communities. We support projects that promote diversity and make the arts accessible to all people. This includes theater, dance, music and museums.

Community and neighborhood development

  • Communities become stronger when neighbors work together. We support nonprofit organizations dedicated to community improvement.

Education

  • Lifelong learning helps ensure a strong future for our communities and their economies. We contribute to programs that complement our company's educational programs and philosophies, including opportunities for minorities and women. We support partnerships between businesses and educational institutions, career planning and youth mentorship.

Environment

  • As a company, we protect and encourage the wise use of natural resources. We also support others' efforts for the betterment of fish and wildlife, water and air quality, forests, energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling.

Health and human services

  • The physical and emotional well-being of everyone in our communities is a measure of the health of the communities. We support programs that serve limited-income, senior and handicapped individuals, and those emphasizing wellness.

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible projects/organizations are:
  • While United Way supported organizations are excluded for general operating support, they are eligible to apply for a project, program or capital campaign and event sponsorships.
    • We rarely provide operating funds to individual United Way agencies that already benefit from our donations to United Way.
  • 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.

Preferences:

  • We prefer to support a particular program or project.

Ineligibility:

  • Grants generally are not made for the following purposes:

    • Individuals
    • Fraternal, religious or political organizations
    • Trips, tours, pageants or athletics
    • Team, extra-curricular school events or student exchange programs
    • Organizations located outside our service areas, unless funding a specific project delivered directly to our customer communities
    • Organizations determined by the IRS to be not tax-exempt under 501(c)(3)
    • Organizations that discriminate for any reason, including race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or sexual orientation

This page was last reviewed August 04, 2020 and last updated August 04, 2020