DTE Energy awards $15 million to local communities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, the DTE Energy Foundation, has awarded $15 million dollars in grants to 450 communities around Michigan, including here in West Michigan.

DTE Energy’s foundation supports West Michigan jobs and education, as well as environmental, economic and neighborhood revitalization causes.

It is our responsibility to sustain and protect Michigan’s legacy, its cultural institutions to its beautiful natural environment,” says Faye Nelson, vice president of public affairs at DTE Energy.

50 non-profits received nearly $1 million dollars to fund year round youth employment opportunities.

DTE will be partnering with ArtPrize this year with support of $50,000 towards the art competition.

$200,000 is going towards an annual recycling program that spans major events that include Lakeshore Arts Festival in Muskegon and the GRandJazzFest in Grand Rapids.

This past December, DTE Energy Foundation supported the Meals on Wheels program with nearly $110,000 to provide almost 18,000 meals for the aging and needy communities. You can watch the video here to learn more about this donation.

The American Red Cross received $100,000 to install 6,000 smoke detectors in 1,200 homes in Michigan.

Find out more about how DTE Energy and the DTE Energy Foundation are supporting the people and communities of Michigan.

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