People Fund Grants

Give Locally and Win $100: The People Fund has raised more than $3.5 million for non-profit projects since 1999. Round your bill up to the nearest dollar (an average of 50 cents per month) to help your local community and get rewarded.

About the Program

Great Lakes Energy members help to enhance the quality of life for people in our communities through the People Fund. Bills of participating members are “rounded up” to the next dollar amount and grants are awarded to non-profit organizations for charitable activities throughout our service area. Grants are awarded by three independent Boards of Directors representing three geographical regions – south, central and north. There are no overhead costs – 100 percent of the money collected is returned to our communities. 

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Win $100

All contributors are entered into two annual drawings where we give away six $100 gift certificates that can be used toward your GLE bill. This is our small way of saying “thanks” to every GLE member who supports the People Fund.

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How are Grants Invested?

In order to have the greatest impact on people within the GLE service area, the People Fund will generally invest funds in project or activities that:
  • Are one-time in nature rather than ongoing or continuous
  • Benefit a large number of people
  • Leverage funds from other sources
  • Distribute funds to individuals or families in crisis
  • Help programs increase their capacity to deliver services

For more information please download the PEOPLE FUND 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

See Recent Grant Recipients

  1. Crossroads Ecumenical Resale Shop, East Jordan: $4,130.60 for new doors.
  2. Top of Michigan Trails Council, Petoskey: $5,000 for cyclist maps for their Trail Town Action Plan.
  3. Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Petoskey: $1,150 for a new computer.
  4. Charlevoix Historical Society: $5,500 for interpretative signs in Charlevoix.
  5. Antrim County Emergency Management, Bellaire: $2,000 for six radios.
  6. Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, Petoskey: $5,000 for outdoor improvements to the Children’s Learning Center.
  7. Otsego Conservation District, Gaylord: $2,500 for conservation education programs and learning resources.
  8. Crawford County Historical Society and Museum, Grayling: $4,000 for renovation and restoration projects to their building.
  9. Fife Lake Area Historical Society, Fife Lake: $5,000 for a museum building renovation.
  10. The Salvation Army of Petoskey: $4,369 for a new furnace.
  11. NW Michigan Habitat for Humanity, Harbor Springs: $1,200 for a new register station and mobile register for ReStore.
  12. Harbor Springs Festival of the Book: $2,500 for books for students.
  13. Disability Network Northern Michigan: $5,000 for a universally accessible personal watercraft launch at Ferry Beach in Charlevoix, in partnership with the Leadership Charlevoix County class.
  14. The Depot – Jordan Valley Teen Center: $2,005 for Chromebooks and cabinets.
  15. Kalkaska Conservation District: $2,020 for treatment of invasive species at Mill Pond Park.
  16. Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan: $2,500 for visitor accessibility and safety improvements.
  17. Good Samaritan Family Services, Ellsworth: $3,200 for furnace replacement in resale store.
  18. Otsego County Library, Gaylord: $3,172 for furnishings for meeting room in new library.
  19. Crooked Tree Arts Council, Petoskey: $4,000 for new windows in kitchen.
  20. Challenge Mountain, Boyne City: $2,000 for a storage shed and maintenance for snow run-off.
  21. Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs: $10,000 toward the construction of a hiking and biking trail built in the Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve in partnership with TOMMBA and Rock Solid Trail Contracting.
  22. Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club, Boyne Falls: $5,000 toward the construction of a new food building.
  23. Gaylord Community Productions, Gaylord: $2,990 for 10 lavalier microphone sets to amplify voices during productions. 
  24. Milton Township, Kewadin: $6,000 to convert two tennis courts to eight pickleball courts contingent on raising the rest of the money needed.
  25. Rapid City Area Food Pantry/Torch Lake AG Church, Rapid City: $4,874 to purchase a commercial refrigerator and freezer with the recommendation to shop locally and contingent to raise the rest of the funds.
  26. Michelson Memorial United Methodist – Quilt Group, Grayling: $400 for quilt materials such as fabric, batting, and thread.
  27. Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity, Cheboygan: $1,000 for technology upgrades.
  28. NW Michigan Habitat for Humanity, Harbor Springs: $5,000 for renovation of a new building.
  29. Beaver Island Historical Society, Beaver Island: $5,000 for renovating and expanding the print shop museum.
  30. Bellaire High School Student Activities, Bellaire: $1,000 for fabric for students to make blankets for donation.
  31. Wawatam Area Senior Citizens, Inc., Mackinaw City: $4,130 for repair to walk in cooler.
  32. Crawford Ausable Day Care, Inc., Grayling: $2,000 for furniture, materials, etc. for infant/toddler program.
  33. The Salvation Army, Petoskey: $2,820.01 to replace 100 folding chairs.
  34. Banks Township Historical Society, Ellsworth: $6,000 to upgrade the historic stone house and to make it handicap accessible. The Directors awarded partial funding for floor joists, stair correction, and handicap path to the house.
  35. Camp Quality Michigan, Boyne City: $2,079.30 to fund campers at North Camp in Luther.
  36. Charlevoix Ministerial Association, Charlevoix: $2,500 for assistance to people in need.
  37. CS Lewis Festival, Petoskey: $1,000 for books for a writer’s workshop.
  1. Rose Lake Youth Camp, LeRoy: $4,990 for electrical updates for seven buildings and outdoor lights on the campground.
  2. Circle Rocking S Children’s Farm, Free Soil: $3,000 for paint, pest repellent, and night vision cameras.
  3. Mason County Reformed Church/Hand 2 Hand, Scottville: $4,000 to help provide weekend food for children through schools and churches.
  4. Evart Public Library, Evart: $2,000 towards the cost and installation of a LED sign.
  5. Stehouwer Free Clinic, Cadillac: $3,000 for dental care for qualified patients.
  6. Village of Marion, Marion: $5,000 to help build a larger spillway with stop logs to meet DEQ requirements. This grant is contingent on the Village raising the rest of the money needed for the project.
  7. Lake County Community Food Council, Baldwin: $3,000 for a community garden. This grant is contingent on the Council raising the rest of the money needed for the project.
  8. Ludington Senior Center, Ludington: $2,929 for four computers and software.
  9. Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, Ludington: $1,500 for educational activity installation.
  10. Pathfinder Community Library, Baldwin: $5,000 for a handicapped accessible door.
  11. Custer Area Fire Department Auxiliary, Custer: $1,000 for six pairs of structural fire boots.
  12. Luther Fire District No. 1, Luther: $2,109 for a rescue raft.
  13. Reed City District Library, Reed City: $5,104 for computers and monitors.
  14. Grub 2 Go – Osceola Children’s Council, Marion: $5,000 for food for school children.
  15. Hollister Senior Center, Baldwin: $5,020.40 for flooring replacement.
  16. Grant Township Fire and Rescue, Manistee: $2,815.38 for rescue equipment.
  1. Missionaries Around Ravenna in Service (MARS), Ravenna: $1,250 towards pantry items and gas cards.
  2. Ravenna Quilters, Ravenna: $1,000 for quilting materials for cancer patients and newborn baby quilts.
  3. Randy’s House of Greenville, Inc., Greenville: $3,429.04 for kitchen appliances in recovery homes.
  4. Friends of the Montague Library, Montague: $800 for Magic School Bus books and supplements.
  5. Newaygo County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, White Cloud: $10,000 for Safe Touch Workbooks.
  6. Ravenna United Methodist Church, Mary’s Lunch Program and End-of-Summer Fun Day, Ravenna: $1,000 for summer lunches, children’s backpacks, school supplies, and fun day supplies.
  7. Johnson Square Recreation Area Committee, Mears: $5,000 for a well in the community recreation area.
  8. Harbor House of Hart, Hart: $600 for the replacement of three windows.
  9. Croton Sportsmen for Youth and Disabled Veterans, Howard City: $2,000 towards renovation for classroom activities.
  10. Optimist Club of Shelby, Shelby: $10,000 for new roof coating for their building contingent on raising the additional funds to complete the project.
  11. Trinity Lutheran Church Community Food Pantry, New Era: partial funding for $1,250 for new flooring in their building.
  12. Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library, Howard City: $1,644.82 to purchase STEM kits.
  13. Project Hope of NE Allegan County, Dorr: $4,000 for personal care items for their food pantry.
  14. Christian Neighbors SE, Plainwell: $3,000 to purchase food for pantry.

Enroll in the People Fund

By allowing us to “round up” your monthly electric bill to the next dollar, you put your small change to work right in your own community. All of the money collected goes back to grant recipients. All contributors are entered into two annual drawings where we give away six $100 Great Lakes Energy bill credits. This contest is our small way of saying “thanks” to every Great Lakes Energy member who supports the People Fund. The People Fund has awarded over $3 .5 million to local charitable groups since 1999.

For an average round up contribution of 50 cents per month, your small change will make a BIG difference. Plus you could win $100! No billing round up contributions are used to fund this contest.

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Grant Application Request

Please submit the form below to request a grant application form. We will email you the application form and other documents requirements.

The People Fund has two grant cycles each year. Deadlines for completed grant applications are April 15 and Oct. 15. See People Fund Guidelines.

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Grant Application

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