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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.

2019 Grant Recipients

North Area:

  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. 

Central Area:

  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.

South Area:

  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.

View the 2018 Annual Report to learn more.