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 random drawings where we give away six $100 bill credits. 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. Friends of the Kalkaska Library, Kalkaska: $3,759.93 to purchase 150 e-books for library.
  2. Jr. Master Gardener 4-H Club – Otsego County, Gaylord: $2,700 for their plant light project for 30 Jr Gardeners.
  3. Gaylord Community Orchestra, Gaylord: $900.45 for music stand LED lights for musicians to replace old 15 lights.
  4. Blue Lake Township Fire Department, Kalkaska: $3,000 for Hi-Vis jackets & structural firefighting boots.
  5. Crawford County Community Christian Help Center, Grayling: $1,749 for a commercial refrigerator.
  6. Oliver Township, Kalkaska: $1,000 for restore playground on township hall property.
  7. Gaylord Police Department, Gaylord: $11,500 for a fully trained drug detection police dog.
  8. Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity, Inc, Cheboygan: $2,000 for energy efficient updates to their Re-Store.
  9. Charlevoix Area Historical Society, Charlevoix: $6,000 for 2nd floor renovations to the HVAC, lights, and electrical system at the Harsha House Museum.
  10. Women’s Resource Center of Northern MI (WRCNM), Petoskey: $3,000 to upgrade software for donor records management.
  11. Good Hart Artist Residency, Harbor Springs: $1,500 for a computer to support the residency.
  12. The Friendship Center of Harbor Springs, Harbor Springs: $600 to replace a computer.
  13. Blissfest Music Organization, Petoskey: $1,859.98 for two laptop computers.
  14. Acme Christian Thrift Store & Food Pantry (ACTS), Traverse City: $1,308 to update/upgrade computer equipment.
  15. Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, Beaver Island: $3,500 for signage on the Karl Kuebler Trail & map brochures, in conjunction with the Beaver Island Historical Society.
  1. Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, Ludington: $3,000 for the 2021 Michigan Lighthouse Festival.
  2. Hands Extended Loving People Resource Center (HELP), Ludington: $5,000 to purchase beds for those in need.
  3. Luther Fire District No. 1, Luther: $2,586 to replace two outdated AED’s.
  4. Peacock Township, Irons: $5,000 for tree and stump removal, grading, topsoil, seeding, and landscaping.
  5. Reed City Area District Library, Reed City: $2,517.55 for a machine to repair books and another machine to repair CD/DVD/Games.
  6. Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, Scottville: $3,000 to assist households with interior repairs.
  1. Love INC of Oceana County, Shelby: $6,000 for confidential meeting space development.
  2. Stony Lake Therapeutic Riding Center, New Era: $6,000 for partial student scholarships.
  3. Newaygo County Area Promise Zone, Fremont: $5,000 for student tuition.
  4. Hemlock Park Improvement Project, Big Rapids: $10,000 for their park project. The committee would like to specify the funds for picnic tables and benches with plaques identifying they were donated by the People Fund.
  5. Circle Pines Center, Delton: $5,000 for expansion of the camp.
  6. Christian Neighbors SE, Plainwell: $4,500 for client utility shut-offs, past due utilities, or rent help.
  7. Wings of Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., Allegan: $3,488 for new laptops.
  8. Oceana County Firefighters Training Committee, Shelby: $4,000 for a training facility build.
  9. Life Resources of Northern Michigan, Big Rapids: $1,000 for safety items for clients.
  10. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, Kalamazoo: $1,000 for financial assistance for membership, registration, camp fees, etc.

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.

For security verification, please enter any random two digit number. For example: 38

Apply for a Grant

Our grant application process is changing to all-electronic, online submission. We will no longer accept paper, mailed applications. Please check back in January 2021 for more information on how to submit a grant for the April 15, 2021 deadline.

Grant Application

For security verification, please enter any random two digit number. For example: 66