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Over $206,000 in 2015 People Fund grants awarded to local groups

January 14, 2016
Great Lakes Energy, with the help of its members, continues its commitment to local communities through the People Fund. During 2015, the People Fund awarded $206,294 in grants to charitable and community organizations. The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is supported solely by Great Lakes Energy members who allow their electric cooperative to round up their bill each month to the next dollar.
The grants funds were awarded to 66 charitable and community organizations throughout Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area, which stretches from Kalamazoo to the Mackinac Straits.
“Thanks to the generosity of our members we’ve awarded more than $2.88 million in grants since 1999 to local non-profits groups and organizations,” says President/CEO Steve Boeckman. “The local communities in our service area benefit greatly from this program that is fully funded by our members who allow their bill to be rounded up to the nearest dollar each month.”
Members of the electric cooperative who wish to participate are encouraged to enroll in the People Fund online at gtlakes.com or by contacting Great Lakes Energy’s office.
“People may not think 50 cents a month can do much, but when added with the contributions of other Great Lakes Energy members, we are able to help so many,” explains Boeckman. “Giving back to the community is one of the cooperative principles and we couldn’t do it without our members’ generosity.”
View the latest People Fund Annual Report for a complete list of groups that received grants during 2015 totaling $206,294. The 2015 annual report is included in the January issue of Michigan Country Lines magazine recently mailed to Great Lakes Energy members. Others may obtain the report by contacting Great Lakes Energy at 888-485-2537.
The Great Lakes Energy People Fund invites applications for 2016 grants from local non-profit organizations. Deadline for applications for the 2016 grant cycles are Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 1. Request an application online here or by calling 888-485-2537 ext. 1313.

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