The Consumers Energy Foundation will help to end poverty in Michigan through grants supporting education, job readiness and basic needs.
Working to End Poverty in Michigan
The Consumers Energy Foundation is dedicated to ensuring all Michigan residents thrive economically, and have access to world-class educational resources. So we make it a priority to fund nonprofit organizations dedicated to end poverty. Whether they provide basic needs or resources for learning, development, higher education or career readiness, each organization we support helps provide people with economic security.
The Consumers Energy Foundation supports nonprofit agencies that help families in crisis, providing basic needs including food, clothing, appliances and furniture. These agencies, like United Way, offer a ray of hope during times of chaos and uncertainty.
We help connect families to critical resources too, with support for Michigan’s 2-1-1 referral service. The hotline helps people with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, transportation and more.
Where there’s a social welfare agency in the community, you’re also likely to find Consumers Energy employees volunteering to serve meals, raise money and contribute essential items for those in need.
A quality education is the first step to preparing people for a job and promising future. Our focus areas are pre-K through higher education, with an emphasis on early childhood programs and college readiness. We foster creative approaches to early childhood development like the Great Start Collaborative Traverse Bay’s 5toOne initiative and Imagination Library.
We’re also involved in a statewide effort to encourage students to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers through Michigan FIRST Robotics, and support higher education programs in Michigan such as Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University. Our goal is to ensure that Michigan has a skilled talent pool available now and many years to come.
When the shelter needed help to build a new facility to serve people in Kalamazoo struggling with homelessness, poverty and mental illness, we got involved.
AmeriCorps needed funding to support a program to connect veterans with the benefits they need. We were honored to help.Read More
We’re always taking applications for grants to care for the basic needs and future success of Michigan’s residents. Do you have a program that will help others? Let us know.View Guidelines