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 jump-starting 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 2021.

Applications are evaluated and funding decisions are made by a committee of MEC customers without knowledge of the applying school, district or educator. An application is not a guarantee of funding.

Some eligible school districts 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 next application period will begin in April 2021. 


Grant Reviewers

Did you know that MEC electric customers decide which proposals get Strengthening Schools funds? We need volunteers for the upcoming award cycle.

Eligibility: Any MEC electric customer who can dedicate time to reviewing, discussing and awarding grants. This includes meeting in person for one full weekday in the fall and possibly one full weekday in January. 
The review committee does not know the school,  educator or district when determining recipients. 

If interested, please email pr@teammidwest.com.