Recent Grant Recipients

The People Fund program is funded solely by the many Great Lakes Energy members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar each month. The small rounded-up amount that averages less than 50 cents a month adds up to help many worthwhile causes in your community.

Find out how easy it is to support community causes in your area by becoming a contributor to the People Fund. Enrollment is quick and simple. Locate your account number on your bill and simply click here. Your enrollment will allow us to permanently round up your electric bill each month. You can also enroll by calling us at 1-888-GT-LAKES.

A special thank you goes out to all the GLE members whose generosity permitted us to award the People Fund grants listed below. If your non-profit organization would like to apply for a grant, read our grant guidelines for more details.

2016 Grant Recipients

North Area:

  1. Charlevoix Minsterial Association, Charlevoix:  $2,500 for benevelonce needs.
  2. Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire:  $3,000 for a field guide for the outdoor student and public education and outreach.
  3. Otsego Conservation District, Gaylord:  $5,000 toward an education center that would include storage and handicapped accessible restrooms.
  4. Northern Michigan Equine Therapy, Boyne City:  $2,000 for arena improvements for the outpatient rehabilitation and therapeutic riding center.
  5. Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs:  $2,000 for supplies for volunteer-led projects through the EcoStewards program.
  6. Ralph Holewinski VFW Post 1518, Gaylord:  $10,000 for a pavilion for recreational, social and patriotic events.
  7. Top of Michigan Trails Council, Petoskey:  $5,000 for furnishing for the Trail Center.
  8. Good Samaritan Family Services, Ellsworth:  $2,000 for computer upgrades.
  9. The Manna Food Project, Harbor Springs:  $5,000 for the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.
  10. Crawford County Commission on Aging, Kalkaska:  $3,000 for a commercial refrigerator.
  11. Otsego County Community Food Pantry, Gaylord:  $5,000 for food for backpacks for students.
  12. Charlevoix Conservation District, Boyne City:  $1,800 for tools and equipment for a beachgrass harvest program.
  13. Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club, Walloon Lake:  $2,500 for Student Harvest Days.
  14. Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Petoskey:  $1,000 for educational outreach to schools and the Day for Strings program.
  15. C.S. Lewis Festival, Petoskey:  $1,000 for C.S. Lewis books for students.
  16. Otsego Habitat for Humanity, Gaylord:  $2,000 for a flatbed trailer.
  17. Wolverine Joint Fire Board:  $1,000 for a 9-1-1 sign project.
  18. Christ Child Society of Northern Michigan, Harbor Springs:  $1,500 for diaper pantry stock.
  19. Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs:  $1,200 for eight trail cameras to help determine preserve usage.
  20. North Country Kids, Harbor Springs:  $1,000 for indoor play equipment.
  21. Boyne City Preschool, Kristan Noblett:  $5,500 for energy efficient windows, contingent on raising the rest of the funds needed.
  22. Alpine Regional Tennis Association, Gaylord:  $5,000 to be used toward the construction of four tennis courts, contingent on raising the rest of the funds needed.
  23. McLaren Northern Michigan Foundations, Petoskey:  $5,000 for the patient assistance program to help patients and families.
  24. Edelweiss Garden Club, Gaylord:  $1,800 for supplies and plants for two community gardens.
  25. Crooked Tree Arts Council, Petoskey:  $6,000 for building improvements.
  26. Crawford AuSable Day Care Center & Preschool, Grayling:  $2,000 for play and learning equipment.

Central Area:

  1. Sandcastles Children’s Museum, Ludington:  $1,647 for a traveling exhibit.
  2. Caritas Food Pantry, Custer:  $4,216 for a heating and cooling system.
  3. Reed City Area District Library, Reed City:  $4,000 for shingles.
  4. Scottville Optimist Club, Scottville:  $3,000 for stackable chairs for their hall.
  5. South Branch Township Community Center, Wellston:  $3,911 for building improvements including replacement of ceiling tile and window reinstallation.
  6. Sauble Township, Irons:  $2,570 for mulch for a playground, contingent on raising the rest of the funds needed.
  7. Mason County Search and Rescue Team, Ludington:  $842.15 for 15 safety vests for team volunteers.
  8. Lake County Area Churches Charities-Bread of Life Food Pantry, Baldwin:  $5,000 for a building addition for the food pantry, contingent on raising the rest of the funds needed.
  9. Hamlin Township, Ludington:  $2,500 for parking lot improvements for a new Hamlin Lake access site.
  10. West Shore Pregnancy Care Center, Ludington:  $2,484 for materials and training for the WORTH program.
  11. Crossroads Theatre Guild, Reed City:  $8,000 to paint the exterior of the theatre building.
  12. Sandcastles Children’s Museum, Ludington:  $794 for Grandpa’s Little Farm exhibit.
  13. Ruby Creek Conservation and Recreation Club, Branch:  $2,000 for building improvements.
  14. Community Cats TNR, Ludington:  $496.80 for animal traps.
  15. COVE, Ludington:  up to $5,000 for medical supplies for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.
  16. Reed City District Library:  $4,766.79 for window blinds.
  17. Caritas Food Pantry, Custer:  $4,582.75 for two refrigerators and two freezers.
  18. Mason County District Library, Ludington:  $3,000 for 30 Playaway Launchpad devices.
  19. Pathfinder Community Library, Baldwin:  $2,000 for equipment for a community enrichment program.
  20. Pine River Area Historical Society, Tustin:  $5,403.44 for lamination supplies.
  21. Village of Baldwin DDA, Baldwin:  $5,000 for a brown trout sculpture.

South Area:

  1. Christian Reformed Church of New Era:  $1,000 for materials to build raised beds in a community garden.
  2. Sylvia’s Place, Allegan:  $2,800 for new appliances and HVAC duct cleaning.
  3. Empowerment Network, Fremont:  $1,000 for a refrigerator.
  4. Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, Ludington:  $500 for the Night at the Lights summer program at Little Sable Point Lighthouse.
  5. Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society, Hart:  $1,000 for an informational brochure about area historical organizations.
  6. Ferry Township Fire Department, Shelby:  $2,200 for a smart board for training, contingent on raising the rest of the funds needed.
  7. Hersey’s House of Hope, Hersey:  $5,000 for a concrete floor in a pole barn.
  8. The Farm:  Where Living Things Grow, Inc., Fremont:  $3,910 for office renovations.
  9. Project Hope of NE Allegan County, Dorr:  $3,500 for personal care and cleaning supplies for the pantry.
  10. Newaygo County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, White Cloud:  $2,000 for child abuse prevention curriculum for schools.
  11. Hungry for Christ, Hamilton:  $5,000 for a commercial freezer.
  12. Love INC of Oceana County, Shelby:  $2,500 for household assistance.
  13. Johnson Square Recreation Committee, Mears:  $3,250 for a playscape, contingent on raising the rest of the funds needed.
  14. Oceana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Mears:  $10,000 for a veteran assistance program.
  15. The Harbor House of Hart:  $600 for walkway replacement.
  16. Allegan County Legal Assistance Center:  $978.44 for a computer.
  17. Recycling for Newaygo County:  $5,000 for a recycling program.

View the 2016 Annual Report to learn more.