Great Lakes Energy’s People Fund gives $81k in grant moneys

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Local organizations receive $81,290 in People Fund grants

The Great Lakes Energy People Fund awarded $81,290 in grants in October to 26 non-profit organizations throughout the electric cooperative’s service area.

The grant awards were made possible through the support of Great Lakes Energy members who voluntarily round-up their bill each month.


1. Boyne Area Free Clinic, Boyne City: $5,000 for laboratory testing.

2. Kalkaska County Library: $5,800 for two children’s computer learning stations.

3. East Jordan Community Pool: $2,500 for a record board.

4. Good Neighbors Food Pantry, Boyne City: $1,800 for improvements to the entryway.

5. Crossroads Ministries/New Life Pregnancy Resource Center, Gaylord: $7,000 for a heating and cooling system.

6. Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey: $3,000 for a pugmill for the pottery studio.

7. Beaver Island Historical Society of Michigan: matching grant of $7,500 for the museum expansion.

8. Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Petoskey: $1,100 toward a vehicle for the Meals on Wheels program.

9. Lighthouse Community Lunch Program, Charlevoix: $1,000 for supplies and food.

10. ACT-Artists Creating Together, Traverse City: $1,000 for the Arts for All Celebration, an interactive arts festival for students with and without disabilities.

11. Challenge Mountain, Boyne City: $7,500 for renovations to the resale store.

12. Bellaire High School Student Council, Bellaire: $1,000 for material to make baby blankets for the Antrim County Baby Pantry.

13. Crawford County Community Help Center, Grayling: $2,500 for a commercial freezer for the food pantry.

14. The City of Ludington: $3,000 for a storage shed for the new pickleball court.

15. Luther Area Public Library: $2,585 for new railings on the front porch.

16. COVE, Ludington: $2,200 for nurse’s training for the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program.

17. Reed City Area District Library: $4,000 for lighting improvements for the library renovation.

18. Seventh-day Adventist Community Service Center, Irons: $2,000 for personal care items for the pantry.

19. West Michigan Fair Association, Scottville: $1,000 for signage on fair buildings to help facilitate locating people during emergency situations.

20. Oceana County Council on Aging, Hart: $2,005 for computer equipment for home care staff.

21. Mecosta Township, Big Rapids: $2,000 for park and playground equipment.

22. Christian Neighbors, Plainwell: $2,000 for waiting room chairs.

23. Troy Township, Walkerville: $5,000 for a handicapped accessible restroom in the township hall.

24. Ladders of Hope, Fennville: $2,800 for a commercial refrigerator for the food pantry.

25. West Michigan TEAM, Grand Rapids: $5,000 for an Employer Resource Network (ERN) success coach in Oceana County.

26. Mercy Health, Muskegon: $1,000 for educational kits for the Safe Kids Safe Sleep program in Oceana County.

Since 1999, the People Fund has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants to local non-profit organizations that work to enhance local communities in Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area.

“For less than 50 cents per month, our members’ small contributions make a large impact on the lives of others” says President/CEO Steve Boeckman. “By joining together to round-up their bills to the nearest dollar our members show their true commitment to their local communities.”

Great Lakes Energy members can enroll in the People Fund by calling 888-485-2537 or visiting One hundred percent of the funds collected are used for grants.

Non-profit organizations in the Great Lakes Energy service area can request a grant application online at The next grant application deadline is Feb. 1, 2016.