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People Fund Grants

Grants to Western and Northern Michigan Nonprofits
for Capacity Building and Community Benefit

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Great Lakes Energy - People Fund

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Grants to Northern and Western Michigan nonprofit organizations for programs that enhance the quality of life for residents and increase nonprofit capacity. Grants are intended to support organizations that provide educational, humanitarian, or community development services within the Funding Source's 26-county area. Priority is given to programs that promote good citizenship, supplement local initiatives, and increase the capacity of rural organizations to promote self-reliance and independence.

The People Fund will generally invest funds in project or activities that::
- Are one-time in nature rather than ongoing or continuous
- Benefit a large number of people
- Leverage funds from other sources
- Distribute funds to individuals or families in crisis
- Help programs increase their capacity to deliver services

Grants may be awarded if they:
- Distribute funds to organizations that help individuals or families in crisis.
- Help programs to increase their capacity to deliver services.
- Are for a tax-exempt, non-profit or 501(c)3 organization.
- Enhance cooperation and collaboration among organizations.
- Avoid duplication of services.
- Help deliver services of an organization more effectively.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175230

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds are generally awarded to non-profit organizations or groups for specific humanitarian, educational and community development purposes. Tax-exempt organizations may also be eligible.

The organizations must serve local communities in Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, and Barry Counties.

The People Fund does not typically award grants to schools.

Grants are generally not awarded for:
- Daily school operations.
- Normal operating expenses.
- Fundraising or political campaigns.
- Loans or deficit spending.
- Endowment funds.
- Retroactive projects.
- Individuals.
- Faith-based organizations*

*Faith-based organizations may receive funding for projects only if the project provides services to all community members, regardless of the community member’s religious affiliation or participation, i.e. a food pantry, community dinner, etc.

A portion of the funds may be awarded to organizations that have the capacity to use the funds for individuals or families in crisis. Grants are not given to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are April 15 and October 15.

Grants are awarded twice a year by volunteers on the three regional boards of directors (north, central, south).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit your name and organization here to request an application:
1-888-GT-LAKES (888-485-2537)

Great Lakes Energy - People Fund
1323 Boyne Ave.
PO Box 70
Boyne City, MI 49712

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Western and Northern region