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Grant Seekers

We are taking grant applications for nonprofits that align with our mission to make a positive impact in Michigan by funding programs that support our state’s people, our planet, and Michigan’s prosperity.

Assisting Our Neighbors In Need


We are investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. We award grants for capital funding and innovative projects and campaigns that align with our priorities for each.

Grant seekers are encouraged to review our priorities and ensure projects/programs align with the outcomes we seek. Metrics related to outcomes will be requested within the grant application.

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. The following 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, gender, gender identity/expression, age, height, weight, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by law
  • Political organizations and political campaigns
  • Religious organizations when the contribution will be used for denominational or sectarian purposes
  • Labor organizations
  • Fraternal orders
  • Social clubs
  • Debt-reduction campaigns
  • Sports tournaments
  • Talent or beauty contests
  • Loans for small business
  • Energy-related projects or costs (including utility costs, lighting, street lights, etc.)

Check Your Grant Request Against These Standards:


  • PEOPLE:
    Will your project/program contribute to reducing poverty levels/ALICE numbers in Michigan through increased high school graduation rates; increasing the STEM/skilled labor talent pool; or supporting our most vulnerable residents and providing them with pathways to self-sufficiency?

  • PLANET:
    Will your project/program protect/preserve or restore land, freshwater bodies, or air quality in Michigan?

  • PROSPERITY:
    Will your project/program contribute to Michigan’s economy by creating safe, desirable neighborhoods, supporting job growth and entrepreneurs, or attracting visitors?

Frequently Asked Questions