Midwest Energy Cooperative is now accepting applications for the 2017 Strengthening Schools Grant program. In January, grants totaling just over $30,000 were awarded to 17 public schools across the co-op service territory. Grants are funded through Midwest Energy Cooperative’s partnership with Touchstone Energy.

Any teacher, administrator or school official in a public elementary, middle or high school serving students in the Midwest Energy Cooperative 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.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s business and community leaders, and Midwest Energy Cooperative wants to do everything we can as a local member of the community to support students, teachers and schools,” says Patty Nowlin, director of community relations at Midwest Energy Cooperative. “Public schools and teachers are faced with increasingly stringent requirements as they tackle the diverse needs and challenges of today’s students and families. We are all impacted by the collective successes and failures of our public school systems, and Midwest is committed to doing our part to impact positive change on behalf of the greater community.”

Applications are due Oct. 17 and funds will be awarded in January 2017. Applications are evaluated and funding decisions made without knowledge of the school or district, by a committee of Midwest Energy Cooperative members.

More information and applications are available online at TeamMidwest.com. Interested individuals may also contact the public relations office at 800-492-5989 or by email at pr@teammidwest.com.