Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 4, 2012

Local nonprofits get People Fund grants


BOYNE CITY — Great Lakes Energy's People Fund has awarded $26,900 in grants to nonprofit organizations across northern Lower Michigan.

The People Fund is supported solely by Great Lakes Energy members who authorize their bills to be rounded up to the next dollar each month. Since 1999, more than $2.2 million in grants have been awarded to charitable and community organizations throughout Great Lakes Energy's 26-county service area, which stretches along the western side of Michigan.

The following organizations were awarded grants.

n Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan: $5,000 for the Full STEAM Ahead program to provide hands-on educational visits to schools in Charlevoix county focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

n Village of Fife Lake, Fife Lake: $600 for lighting and electrical in Memorial Park.

n Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Petoskey: $2,300 for electric meal transporters for the Meals on Wheels program.

n Hospice of NW Michigan, Charlevoix: $1,000 for patient comfort and safety needs.

n Harbor Hall, Petoskey: $5,000 to help fund remodeling of dormitory.

n Bellaire High School Student Council, Bellaire: $1,000 for material to make blankets to donate to Antrim Baby Pantry.

n Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resource, Kalkaska: $5,000 to provide heat and food assistance to those in need.

n Johannesburg/Lewiston High School Robotics, Johannesburg: $1,000 for batteries and wiring for electric wheelchairs that the students will repair and refurbish to donate back the community.

n The Preservation Association of Beaver Island, Beaver Island: $5,000 for the Beaver Island Community Center.

n Lighthouse Lunch, Charlevoix: $1,000 for food and supplies for community lunch for those in need.

Nonprofit organizations in the Great Lakes Energy service area can apply for a grant through the People Fund by calling Great Lakes Energy at 1-888-485-2537, Ext. 1313. The next grant application deadline is Feb. 1, 2013.