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Michigan Business Beat | Rodney Cole, DTE Energy Foundation - Apply: Community Transformation Grants

Michigan Business Beat
March 1, 2024 10:00 AM

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DTE Energy Foundation invites community transformation-focused nonprofits to apply for $150K in grant support

Chris Holman welcomes back Rodney Cole, President DTE Foundation and DTE Corporate Citizenship at DTE Energy, Detroit, MI.

Watch Rodney and Chris DTE Energy Foundation, projects and progress for 2023 and 2024, along with the announcement of the opening of a community transformation grant process during March and April on the YouTube video shared below: 

In their conversation, Chris looked to find out several things from Rodney;

We’re still in the beginning of 2024, so tell me about the DTE Foundation’s impact in 2023?

What can we look forward to from the DTE Foundation in 2024?

What was the driving factor for launching this program?

What are the outcomes you’re looking for from the Community Transformation grant program?

What else can we expect from the DTE Foundation this year?

DTE is sharing further information as well in a release: 

DTE Energy Foundation invites community transformation-focused nonprofits to apply for $150K in grant support

On this occasion DTE Energy Foundation has also released further information:

Detroit, Mich. (March 1, 2024) – The DTE Energy Foundation today invited Michigan nonprofits that serve local communities to submit Letters of Intent for a chance to be selected for a grant that will support community transformation efforts. The DTE Foundation will provide up to $150,000 to be shared across two or more Michigan nonprofits focused on local, community transformation and revitalization.

Letters of Intent will be accepted now through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying can do so at the link here. The winning nonprofits will be notified by Friday, Oct. 4.

“Community Transformation is a key focus of the DTE Foundation, and we understand each city in Michigan has needs specific to residents and their location,” said Rodney Cole, president of the DTE Foundation. “That’s why it’s important for us to hear from the nonprofit applicants, ensuring we support their unique mission and community needs. “

The DTE Foundation transforms lives by helping area communities renew, refresh, or create community space, restore safety, beautify blocks, and increase community health and well-being. It focuses on community spaces, safety and security, and community development.

Grants will be considered when meeting the following criteria:

· Applicants must be legally established 501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue Service and have the capacity to directly receive and manage the grant to be eligible.

· Fiduciary, fiscal sponsor payment arrangements and Type III supporting organizations are not eligible.

· The organization must be located in and directly benefit a project in Michigan.

· The DTE Foundation must be the majority contributor to the overall project.

· Submitted projects cannot be energy-related in any way.

· The organization must provide a long-term sustainability plan for any future needs of the project.

· The grantee must provide an annual report detailing the community impact of the grant.

· The organization must be willing to fulfill press release and grant presentation requests.

About the DTE Energy Foundation The DTE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.3 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2023, the DTE Energy Foundation provided more than $17 million in grant support to nearly 300 nonprofits where the company has a business presence with a focus on driving positive, meaningful change in key areas like jobs, equity, human needs and the environment. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE aspires not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world, serving as a force for growth and prosperity in the communities across Michigan. Visit DTEFoundation.com to learn more.


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