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Consumers Energy Foundation Announces $125,000 Grant To Literacy Program In Jackson County To Celebrate Company's 125th



 Consumers Energy Foundation Announces $125,000 Grant To Literacy Program In
           Jackson County To Celebrate Company's 125th Anniversary

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 8, 2012

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumers Energy Foundation
announced today that it has awarded a $125,000 grant to support a new literacy
program in Jackson County.

The grant will benefit the newly created Energizing Education Program, a
product of the new Cradle to Career collaborative.  The pilot program will
begin at Frost Elementary School, Head Start and the Partnership Park
Afterschool Program in January 2013.

The long-range goal for  the program is for it to be established at all
schools in Jackson County, providing specially-trained volunteer mentors to
ensure every student will be reading at grade level by the third grade. 

The Jackson grant is part of $1.25 million in matching grants offered to 10
community projects throughout Michigan as part of Consumers Energy's 125th
anniversary celebration.

"We relied on local leaders to tell us what's important to the people of their
communities and where support from the Consumers Energy Foundation could make
a real impact to meet those important needs," said David G. Mengebier,
president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. 

"This contribution will go toward the greatest investment that we have: our
children," said Mengebier.

The United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson Community Foundation worked
collaboratively on the grant proposal on behalf of several other
organizations.

"The coordination of so many organizations allowed the Energizing Education
program to become a reality," said Ken Toll, president and CEO of the United
Way of Jackson County. "This generous gift by Consumers Energy will go a long
way in energizing Jackson County children to reach their full reading
potential."

The projects selected for the $125,000 matching grants include:

  o Bay City – The Bay Commitment College Resource Center, which helps Bay
    County students and their parents apply for college and for financial
    assistance.
  o Saginaw – The Saginaw Community Foundation successfully raised matching
    dollars to support the restoration of the city's Deindorfer Woods Park.
  o Lansing – The Michigan Nonprofit Association. The grant supports the
    development of the Nonprofit Center at the Armory.
  o Flint – The Community Foundation of Greater Flint will support the
    Flint/Genesee County Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. The challenge
    grant will support an effort to repair or replace the roofs of the homes
    of low-income families.
  o Grand Rapids – The West Michigan Sports Commission.  The grant will
    support the construction of a 12-field sports complex in Rockford.
  o Kalamazoo – The Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity.  The grant supports
    the organization's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which targets
    an effort to meet housing needs in distressed neighborhoods.
  o Muskegon – The Muskegon Retail Incubator, formerly known as the Russell
    Block Market program. This will foster opportunities for entrepreneurs to
    develop sustainable retail businesses in downtown Muskegon.
  o Pontiac – The Lighthouse of Oakland County.  The grant supports the
    renovation of the headquarters for the organization, which helps
    struggling families move to self-sufficiency and independence.
  o Traverse City – The Traverse City Film Festival.  Matching grant dollars
    were part of an investment to support the successful restoration of the
    exterior of the historic State Theatre in downtown Traverse City. 

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy. 
The foundation provides funding for a variety of areas including education,
community and civic development, culture and the arts, social services, the
environment, and emerging issues. 

In 2011, Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, the Consumers Energy
Foundation, and the utility's parent company, CMS Energy, contributed more
than $3.8 million to Michigan nonprofit organizations.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit our Website at
www.consumersenergy.com

For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation, visit its website
at: www.consumersenergy.com/foundation

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.cmsenergy.com
Contact: Tom Lambert, +1-517-788-1411
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