GLE Awards People Fund Grants

Great Lakes Energy members who support the cooperative’s People Fund program made possible 36 grants to local community non-profit organizations. The People Fund Board of Directors awarded over $133,000 in grants this spring. See the full list of recent grant recipients.

The People Fund is supported by the voluntary contributions of GLE members who allow their electric cooperative to round up their bill each month to the next dollar. More than $3.3 million in grants have been awarded since 1999 to charitable and community organizations throughout Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area, which stretches along the western side of Michigan.

“The average contribution to the People Fund is less than 50 cents per month,” says President/CEO Bill Scott. “It’s one of the easiest ways our members can show their commitment to local communities by rounding their bill to the nearest dollar.”

Great Lakes Energy members can enroll in the People Fund by calling 888-485-2537 or visiting All 100 percent of the funds collected are used for grants.

Non-profit organizations in the Great Lakes Energy service area can apply for a grant through the People Fund by calling Great Lakes Energy, 1-888-485-2537, ext. 1313. The next grant application deadline is Oct. 15, 2018.