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Recent Grant Recipients

The People Fund program is funded solely by the many Great Lakes Energy members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar each month. The small rounded-up amount that averages less than 50 cents a month adds up to help many worthwhile causes in your community.

Find out how easy it is to support community causes in your area by becoming a contributor to the People Fund. Enrollment is quick and simple. Locate your account number on your bill and simply click here. Your enrollment will allow us to permanently round up your electric bill each month. You can also enroll by calling us at 1-888-GT-LAKES.

A special thank you goes out to all the GLE members whose generosity permitted us to award the People Fund grants listed below. If your non-profit organization would like to apply for a grant, read our grant guidelines for more details.

2018 Grant Recipients

North Area:

  1. VFW Post 1518, Gaylord: $5,000 for improvements to the Veterans Community Park entrance.
  2. Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club, Boyne Falls: $4,300 for a sound system.
  3. Beaver Island Historical Society of Michigan, Beaver Island: $7,352 for signs for a historical walking tour.
  4. Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy, Walloon Lake: $3,500 towards phase 2 of a watershed project.
  5. Northern Michigan Equine Therapy, Boyne City: $3,604.88 for a SureHand lift.
  6. Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Petoskey: $2,000 for a youth concert at Petoskey Middle School.
  7. Otsego County Habitat for Humanity, Gaylord: $1,200 for a cash register and electrical work for the ReStore.
  8. Crawford County Library, Grayling: $3,000 for a Ultimaker 3/3D printer.
  9. Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan: $8,000 for the Water/Ways exhibit.
  10. Elmira Township Parks and Rec Committee, Elmira: $5,000 for a paved walkway at a community park.
  11. Christ Child Society of Northern Michigan, Harbor Springs: $5,000 for clothing for children in need.
  12. North Country Trail Association, Petoskey: $5,000 for the Iron Belle Trail Bear River Bridge project.
  13. Mary School, Charlevoix: $8,000 for a playground structure open to the community.
  14. Good Samaritan Family Services, Ellsworth: $3,847 for wood working shop equipment for His House.
  15. Charlevoix County: $10,000 for phase 3 of the non-motorized trail project from Charlevoix to Boyne City.
  16. The Salvation Army, Petoskey: $1,850 for repairs to the community center building.
  17. New Horizons Clubhouse, Rapid City: $2,500 for a washer, dryer and utility sink.
  18. Wawatam Area Senior Citizens, Inc., Mackinaw City: $2,200 for a commercial freezer.
  19. Crawford County Commission on Aging, Grayling: $4,365 for lighting and a water spigot for a community garden.
  20. Charlevoix Ministerial Association, Charlevoix: $2,500 towards their benevolence fund to help people in need.
  21. Alanson Public Library: $2,810 for five new computers.
  22. Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild, Harbor Springs: $1,000 for fabric and material for quilts for veterans.
  23. Freshwater Future, Petoskey: $6,000 for a water contamination study and public education.
  24. Riverbend Park Pickleball Project, Petoskey: $6,000 towards a pickleball court project.
  25. Imagination Library of Crawford County, Grayling: $5,000 for books for children ages birth to kindergarten.
  26. NW Michigan Habitat for Humanity, Harbor Springs: $800 for four framing nailers to help build homes.
  27. Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Petoskey: $5,148 for solarscreen window roller shades.
  28. Crawford County Community Christian Help Center, Grayling: $2,449 for a freezer and electrical work.
  29. Crossroads Ministries, Gaylord: $4,000 for remodeling work and storage containers.
  30. Manna Food Project, Harbor Springs: $6,000 for a local farm produce program called Produce for People II.
  31. Gaylord Gators Swim Team, Gaylord:  $455 for a computer and software.

Central Area:

  1. Cadillac Wexford Public Library: $1,600 for stacking chairs for a children’s and teen room.
  2. Luther Fire District No. 1: $2,714.50 for a hydraulic pump system for the Jaws of Life.
  3. Western Michigan Fair Association, Scottville: $750 to help fund a 100’ patriotic wall that will be on display during the 2018 fair in the Community Center.
  4. Northwest Lake County Senior Citizens, Irons: $4,000 for kitchen improvements at the senior center.
  5. Reed City Quilt Guild: $2,000 for quilt materials for quilts that will be donated to the Susan B. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City.
  6. West Shore Pregnancy and Family Support, Ludington: $1,575 for general client services and the Earn While You Learn program.
  7. Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, Ludington: $3,000 towards restoration of Big Sable Lighthouse.
  8. Riverton Township, Scottville: $3,980 to upgrade the electrical at the township hall.
  9. Reed City Area District Library: $3,200 for one children’s learning station.
  10. Osceola County Parks Commission, Reed City: $3,425 for a Gator utility vehicle.
  11. Circle Rocking S Children’s Farm, Free Soil: $2,500 for asphalt between barns, contingent on raising the rest of the funds needed.
  12. Riverton Township, Scottville: $2,454 to upgrade the wooden bleachers to aluminum.
  13. Lake County Historical Society, Baldwin: $1,716.95 for new museum exhibits.
  14. Sandcastles Children’s Museum, Ludington: $870 for a soft play tunnel for toddlers.
  15. Lakeshore Food Club, Ludington: $2,000 to purchase carts and materials.
  16. West Shore Pregnancy & Family Support, Ludington: $3,200 for rental of work space.
  17. Citizen’s Sportsmen’s Club, Fountain: $3,835 for new windows, toilets, sinks and electrical.
  18. American Youth Soccer, Leroy: $609.90 for lawn maintenance equipment.
  19. Chase Main Street Foundation: $5,000 for a new roof and chimney removal at the Library.
  20. Caritas Food Pantry, Custer: $1,000 for holiday meals for families in need.
  21. Pathfinder Community Library, Baldwin: $2,000 to enhance the young adult/student area.
  22. City of Scottville: $2,500 for two AEDs for City Hall.

South Area:

  1. Sylvia’s Place, Allegan: $3,950 for group therapy sessions for domestic abuse survivors, pending review of assessment results.
  2. YMCA of Barry County: Hastings: $10,000 for a B. Bus Mobile Library which will provide books and reading activities for children.
  3. Hart Area Public Library: $1,000 for an Ozobot robot kit for children.
  4. Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes: $2,000 for Junior Achievement supplies for Newaygo Elementary and Middle School programs.
  5. The Starting Block, Hart: $2,842 to increase capacity in the kitchen incubator by widening the door and purchasing a laptop and desktop computer.
  6. Oceana Conservation District, Shelby: $3,000 for an environmental education program for school-age and preschool children.
  7. White Lake Senior Center, Montague: $229.99 for Microsoft Office computer software.
  8. Oceana County Council on Aging, Hart: $2,000 for a washer and dryer for the Adult Day Care home.
  9. Allegan County Legal Assistance Center (ACLAC), Allegan: $474.82 to purchase a software update and license in order to print legal forms and obtain a law dictionary as a resource for patrons.  
  10. Love INC of Oceana County, Shelby: $1,500 for a gas card incentive to encourage enrollment in the reNEW program classes on life skills.
  11. Christian Neighbors SE, Plainwell: $3,500 for utility payment assistance in the wake of major funding reductions for such services.
  12. Hope 101 Ministry Inc., Newaygo: $4,712 to complete renovation of a donated residence to house Newaygo County homeless persons.
  13. Project Hope of NE Allegan County, Dorr: $1,750 to stock Project Hope’s food pantry with personal care items (shampoo, household cleaning products, toilet paper, etc.).

View the 2018 Annual Report to learn more.