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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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