Consumers Energy Seeking Applicants for Prosperity Awards

The Consumers Energy Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its first Prosperity Awards.

Consumers Energy will provide $500,000 to the organizations it selects for the awards.

“Consumers Energy is dedicated to ensuring Michigan businesses and communities are growing and thriving,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “There is no shortage of great ideas to help Michigan prosper, and we are proud to help them come to life through our Prosperity Awards. We look forward to helping Michigan continue to be a great place to live, work and innovate.”

Nonprofit organizations can apply by clicking here before August 9. Full award eligibility requirements are available in the online request. Projects fall into three categories in support of Michigan economic development:

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  • Neighborhood Revitalization – Supporting projects to revitalize neighborhoods, commercial corridors, encourage downtown development, and create sustainable and affordable housing.
  • Entrepreneurs – Supporting projects and programs that assist Michigan’s entrepreneurs and business incubators.
  • Arts and Culture –Supporting nonprofits across the state to enrich the lives of Michigan’s residents through community arts and culture.

The letter of intent is the first step in a two-step application process. The Consumers Energy Foundation will evaluate all submissions and select the top applicants to be invited to submit a full application by September 5.

In April, the Foundation contributed $500,000 to three Michigan organizations to support environmental projects as part of its first Planet Awards, and additional plans for the first People Awards will be announced later this year.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy.  The Consumers Energy Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity.

In 2018, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy and its employees and retirees contributed more than $18.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. The Consumers Energy Foundation uses shareholder funds, along with contributions from employees and retirees, to support nonprofit organizations across Michigan.