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Touchstone Energy Classroom Grants

School districts in the Great Lakes Energy service area that educate children of GLE members can receive a grant of up to $2,000 to fund innovative programs, particularly those involving technology or equipment that enrich students’ education. Preference will be given to projects that involve technology, equipment or materials that can be used more than once and are innovative. The project does not have to involve the study of electricity.

Teachers and administrators of public or private K-12 schools may apply. Multiple projects within the same school district can be combined to a total of $2,000 per year. We reserve the right to take photos of the winners and they may be printed in Michigan Country Lines, our member magazine, and/or appear on our website or in other electronic media.

An impartial panel of judges will review the grant applications. Preference will be given to projects and programs involving use of technology or tangible equipment that enhance learning and are not currently being funded through the school’s budget.

How to apply
The grant application process is now open for the 2018-2019 school year.  Download grant information and an application here.  For additional information about the grant program, please contact Linda Kotzian at, or 888-485-2537, ext. 8174.

Grants awarded for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Allendale Christian School, $1,511.93 to help fund scientific instruments for outdoor education
  • Bellaire Middle/High School, $1,319.91 for Snap Circuit Kits for giving middle school students the opportunity to learn the basics of an electrical circuit without having to solder wires together
  • Daisy Brook Elementary, Fremont, $2,000 for LEGO Mindstorms education sets and Chromebooks to aid in teaching fifth graders science, technology, engineering, math and computer science skills
  • East Jordan Elementary, $1,360 to integrate a Mimio Teach System into kindergarten classes for interactive teaching and hands-on learning
  • Franklin Elementary, Cadillac, $1,734 for materials for The Mystery Science program to build children’s love and curiosity of science
  • Gaylord St. Mary Cathedral School, $322 for KUTA mathematics software for middle school students
  • Lee Elementary School, Middleville, $1,200 for 12 Spheros SPRK+ robots designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding
  • Mackinaw Public School, Mackinaw City, $2,000 for 15 Chromebooks for online assessments and activities that give students more access to technology
  • Manton Middle School, $1,949.75 for five LEGO Mindstorms Education sets to aid in teaching students science, technology, engineering and match skills
  • Mason County Central High School, Scottville, $2,000 for CNC router (computer controlled cutting machine) for woodshop/CAD class students
  • Northern Michigan Christian School, McBain, $1,900 for Chromebooks for third through fifth grades
  • R. J. Steeby Elementary, Wayland, $1,847.48 for 10 LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Robotics kits for building and programming robots to solve problems
  • Reed City Public School, $1,976.31 for equipment and materials for technology resources to benefit students in elementary grade art, middle school computer science and high school science classes
  • Shay Elementary, Harbor Springs, $1,900 for littleBits education kits to integrate engineering challenges into the school’s Makerspace program
  • Sheridan Elementary, Petoskey, $600 for six e-readers to increase the amount of time students spend reading books at their independent reading level
  • St. Francis Xavier, Petoskey, $1,400 to help cover materials and other expenses for middle school students to build underwater remotely operated vehicles for scientific research and competitions
  • St. Mary School, Charlevoix, $1,981.62 for the LEGO Education’s Simple and Power Machine sets to support the school’s science curriculum
  • Thomas Read Elementary, Shelby, $1,997 for Coding Music Crossover program with Osmo Coding Jam that helps students compose a piece of music with coding
  • White Cloud Elementary, $1,000 for large light table and see-through manipulatives (transparent bricks, cubes, blocks, etc.) for tracing and other interactive learning experiences