Grant Seekers

We award grants for capital funding and innovative projects and campaigns that align with our four focus areas: Social welfare, education, community, civic & cultural development and the environment.

The Foundation will consider requests from qualified organizations to support operating budgets and capital fund programs for the construction, refurbishment or purchase of buildings, structures, equipment or physical enhancements. Normally, the Foundation will not contribute to endowments.

Geographic Focus

We are primarily focused on communities in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula where Consumers Energy has a business presence. We will consider requests from organizations located elsewhere for programs or projects that significantly benefit our state and the communities served by Consumers Energy.

What the Foundation Does Not Fund

There are legal and practical limits to what the Foundation supports. For example, the Foundation does not purchase tickets or make payments to events or celebrations to raise funds for charitable purposes, nor does it sponsor advertising supporting these efforts. What follows is a list of requests that fall outside of the Foundation’s scope.
  • Individuals
  • Individual scholarships
  • Individual sponsorships related to fundraising
  • Organizations that do not qualify as charitable organizations as defined by the Internal Revenue Service
  • Organizations that practice discrimination on the basis of sex, age, height, weight, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, handicap or veteran status
  • Political organizations and political campaigns
  • Religious organizations when the contribution will be used for denominational or sectarian purposes
  • Labor or veterans organizations
  • Fraternal orders
  • Social clubs
  • Debt-reduction campaigns
  • Sports tournaments
  • Talent or beauty contests
  • Loans for small business

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve been funding important initiatives for decades. Chances are we’ve come across your question somewhere along the way. The most important criteria for consideration is alignment with our key focus areas, having a 501(c)(3) status and being located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Keep reading if you still have questions.
The Consumers Energy Foundation funds capital projects and provides program and operating support in four areas: social welfare, education, community, civic and cultural development and the environment.
The majority of Consumers Energy Foundation grants are between $1,000 and $10,000. While most grants are one-time, some may be multi-year.
No. In evaluating grant requests, the Consumers Energy Foundation looks at the need for the project or program, the budget, how much is requested, the plan and its impact on people and communities. We weigh a variety of factors, including the statement of need, description of goals and objectives and the measurable impact.
Because our resources are limited, the Consumers Energy Foundation encourages organizations to submit their top priority request for the year.
Once an internal review process has taken place, grant proposals are reviewed by the Consumers Energy Foundation’s board of directors on a quarterly basis, generally at the end of each quarter. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified whether their grant proposal has been accepted or declined.
Yes. You are encouraged to call if you have questions about the application process, our guidelines and deadlines or to see if the program or project is something we might support.

Carolyn Bloodworth
Consumers Energy Foundation
One Energy Plaza, EP8-210
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517-788-0432
No, the Foundation does not award grants to individuals.
No. The Consumers Energy Foundation supports a small number of minority scholarship programs through outside organizations. Applications for these scholarships are available through financial aid offices at participating institutions.
No. The Consumers Energy Foundation provides financial support primarily to Michigan organizations that are classified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The best opportunity for individual schools to receive grants is through employee volunteers. There are several hundred school districts within Consumers Energy service area. Because our resources are limited, we are unable to provide grants for individual schools.