Building Vibrant Communities Grant Program

We strive to create vibrant, relevant, and sustainable rural communities. To support our vision, we offer our Building Vibrant Communities Grant Program, providing support to local, 501(c)(3) organizations serving individuals in our electric cooperative service territory. National/International organizations and their local chapters are not eligible.

Qualified organizations may apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to help fund projects and initiatives that support the mission of the organization.

Grant Application Cycles

  • January 1 - June 30 
  • July 1 – December 31

Awards are announced within 60 days following the end of the cycle deadline. Organizations may receive only one grant award each calendar year, and funds may not be used for general operating budgets or payroll expenses.

Applications are evaluated and funding decisions made based on the information provided in the grant application and the impact on the individuals and communities served. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and an application is not a guarantee of funding.

The MEC service territory includes portions of Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties in southwest Michigan, and St. Joseph, Elkhart, and LaGrange Counties in northern Indiana. Also, Lenawee County in southeast Michigan and Williams and Fulton Counties in northern Ohio. Here is a full list of townships served by county.

The program is made possible through sponsorship dollars from our power supplier, Wolverine Power Cooperative.

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