Strengthening Schools Grants

We are dedicated to building strong communities by giving local educators the opportunity to reach their students in new and exciting ways.

Beekeeping club started with one of our grants

This program is made possible through sponsorship dollars from our power supplier, Wolverine Power Cooperative. Some of our past grants have included purchasing updated classroom microscopes, helping a principal give kids tools for working through difficult emotions, supporting literacy and jumpstarting a beekeeping program.

Any teacher, administrator or school official in a public elementary, middle or high school serving students in our electric service territory may apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to support classroom needs, technology, or academic projects/clubs/organizations. School districts can receive multiple grants, not to exceed a total of $5,000 for the award cycle and funds will be awarded in January 2020.

Applications are evaluated and funding decisions are made by a committee of MEC customers without knowledge of the applying school, district or educator.

Some school districts within the MEC electric 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 deadline for the 2019-2020 school year has passed. Awards will be announced in January 2020. Please check back again in April 2020 for next year's application opportunity.