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Updated December 15, 2009, 10:01 pm

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Focus Areas

The Consumers Energy Foundation is committed to helping nonprofits create sustainable communities by awarding grants in these five focus areas:

Meals on WheelsSocial Welfare — Initiatives and programs that help individuals and families struggling to meet the challenges of everyday living, including hunger, poverty, domestic violence, homelessness and disabilities. Examples: facilities for the disabled, food distribution and Michigan’s 2-1-1 confidential telephone referral service.

FiremanCommunity and Civic
— Projects that focus on economic development at the local, regional or statewide level. Examples: public parks, convention centers and neighborhood revitalization projects.

EducationEducation — Programs that primarily support schools of higher learning with special interest in curricula and capital improvements in the study of business, political science, economics, engineering and natural/physical sciences as they relate to the energy industry. Examples: programs and projects that enhance leadership and learning for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

FishingMichigan Growth and Environmental Enhancement — Programs that emphasize preservation, environmental education and stewardship of our state’s land, water and air with an emphasis on collaborative programs that strengthen ties between businesses and communities. Examples: habitat and riverbank preservation and stewardship, water conservation, watershed education programs and brownfield redevelopment.

SunCulture and the Arts — Efforts that increase awareness of culture and the arts and encourage their growth particularly for regions or populations that would otherwise be unable to participate. Examples: library expansion and renovation, art museums, zoos, symphony orchestras, musical productions, theater, art and dance.

Additional grants are awarded to nonprofits on behalf of our employees and retirees through our Matching Gifts Program and Volunteer Investment Program.

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