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People Fund Surpasses $4 Million Mark in Grants Awarded To Local Groups

2021 grant recipient, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix, for a new Marley dance floor in the studio for ballet, tap, jazz fusion, yoga, barre, and other classes.

With its most recent round of grant awards, the Great Lakes Energy People Fund has surpassed the $4 million mark in grants awarded to local organizations since the program’s inception in 1999. The People Fund’s three regional boards recently awarded 47 grants totaling more than $126,000 in the second grant cycle for 2021.

The grants were awarded to charitable and community organizations throughout Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area, stretching from Kalamazoo to the Mackinac Straits.

“Eclipsing the $4 million milestone in grants awarded through the People Fund  program is a testament to the generosity of our members,” Great Lakes Energy President/CEO Bill Scott said.“ It is also a great example of how small contributions on the part of many people can add up to making a big difference in our communities.”

Members of the electric cooperative who wish to participate are encouraged to enroll in the People Fund online at or by contacting Great Lakes Energy’s office.

“The People Fund program makes it very easy for our members to contribute small amounts that add up in a meaningful way,” Scott said. “Working together for the benefit
of the community is what being part of a cooperative is all about.”

Cooperative members also have the opportunity to increase their contributions to the People Fund through People Fund PLUS. The PLUS program allows members to choose an amount, in addition to the monthly bill round-up, to contribute to the program.

For more information about the People Fund, visit

2021 grant recipient, Alanson Area Public Library, Alanson, for a library patio and demonstration garden.

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