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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.

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.

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.

View the 2017 Annual Report to learn more.