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 Grant Program. The program is provided in partnership with Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

In January 2017, MEC awarded Strengthening Schools grants totaling $30,037.00 to 22 schools and is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 program. 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.

Applications for the 2017-18 cycle are due October 16 and funds will be awarded in January 2018. 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, 2018.

Interested applicants may complete and submit the following form to Midwest Energy & Communications, SS Grant, P.O. Box 127, Cassopolis, MI 49031. Please refrain from referencing your school or district by name in the questions below. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and all committee decisions are final. Applications may also be submitted electronically at

For more information, please contact Lori Ruff at 269-445-1139, or by email at