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Consumers Energy makes over $480,000 in grants to help Michigan nonprofits with COVID-19 relief

The Foundation has now provided $5.4 million in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic since March.
Nonprofit Network in Jackson is one of several organizations that received grants from the...
Nonprofit Network in Jackson is one of several organizations that received grants from the Consumers Energy Foundation, totaling over $480,000.(Nonprofit Network Facebook)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 8:41 AM EST
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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) - Tuesday the Consumers Energy Foundation announced over $480,000 in grants aimed at helping Michigan nonprofits provide critical help to communities across Michigan. The Foundation has now provided $5.4 million in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic since March.

“Consumers Energy is committed to being part of the solution as Michiganders work toward brighter days ahead this year,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s president and CEO. “These are extraordinary times, and we are humbled to play a part in supporting organizations that are doing so much for our communities.”

The grants support front-liners with meeting basic needs such as food and shelter. They include $200,000 for the Food Bank Council of Michigan to address food insecurity, as well as mobile food distributions across the state.

Other grants awarded include:

  • Community Economic Development Association of Michigan – $100,000
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Building Hope Campaign – $50,000
  • Start Garden (Grand Rapids) – $30,000
  • Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) – $25,000
  • Community Homeworks (Kalamazoo) – $15,000
  • Nonprofit Network (Jackson) – $15,000
  • Degage Ministries (Grand Rapids) – $10,000
  • Devereaux Memorial Library (Grayling) – $10,000
  • Trauma Recovery Associates (Kalamazoo) – $10,000
  • Disability Services Resource Center (Bay City) – $5,000
  • Motherly Intercession (Flint) – $5,000
  • Urban Roots (Grand Rapids) – $5,000
  • Open Door Outreach Center (Oakland County) – $2,500

Consumers Energy offered $12 million in direct assistance to help customers with bills if they were affected by the pandemic. About $2.5 million in Foundation grants have aided small businesses, and the company’s “Our Town” campaign put an additional $850,000 into communities through gift cards for local shopping.

“With the first vaccines now being distributed, we’re hopeful Michigan and the nation will defeat the pandemic this year. We also know we and others can’t let up in our effort to stay safe and support each other,” Rochow said. “These new dollars from our Foundation will help thousands of people in many communities, and we’ll continue to look for ways we can do more.”

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