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Today’s students are tomorrow’s business and community leaders, and Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) supports the important work of regional teachers and schools with our Strengthening Schools Grants Program. The program is provided in partnership with Touchstone Energy Cooperative. In 2018, we awarded 22 grants totaling $30,000.

Any teacher, administrator or school official in a public elementary, middle or high school serving students in the MEC service territory may apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to support classroom needs and special projects, technology, or academic clubs and organizations. School districts may be awarded multiple grants, not to exceed a total of $5,000 during the annual award cycle.

Schools districts within the MEC service territory include Addison, Adrian, Bangor, Blissfield, Brandywine, Britton-Deerfield, Cassopolis, Clinton, Colon, Constantine, Covert, Dowagiac, Decatur, Edwardsburg, Hartford, Hudson, Lawrence, Lawton, Madison, Marcellus, Mattawan, Morenci, Onsted, Paw Paw, Sand Creek, Schoolcraft, Tecumseh, Three Rivers, Van Buren Skills Center, Vicksburg, Volinia, Watervliet and White Pigeon. If your district is not listed, please contact us to determine eligibility.

The application period for the 2018-19 school year is April – Oct. 15, 2018. Funds will be awarded in January 2019. Applications are evaluated and funding decisions made without knowledge of the school or district, by a committee of MEC members. Awarded projects must be completed and final reports submitted before April 30, 2019.

We encourage you to submit your application electronically. However, you may also download and print the application and mail it to Midwest Energy & Communications, SS Grants, 60590 Decatur Rd., Cassopolis MI 49031. For more information, please call the public relations office at 800.492.5989 or email pr@teammidwest.com.