Consumers Energy Foundation pledges more than $475,000 in grants to organizations throughout Michigan

     Consumers Energy Foundation pledges more than $475,000 in grants to
                      organizations throughout Michigan

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 6, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Consumers Energy Foundation
closed out 2013 by announcing more than $475,000 in grants for 17 community
and nonprofit organizations throughout Michigan.

The grants fund a variety of projects in Lower Peninsula communities that
Consumers Energy serves and fill many needs. The foundation is supporting
educational programs, community projects and initiatives that provide
assistance to people in need.

"You can appreciate the good work that goes out in Michigan's communities, big
and small, from looking at the nonprofit projects we are supporting," said
David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. "We are proud
to play a role in helping bring these initiatives and programs closer to
completion, and building a strong future for our state."

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.
It provides funding for a variety of areas, including education, community,
civic and cultural development, social services, the environment and emerging
issues. Michigan nonprofit organizations will receive more than $8 million
this year through the foundation, the company and employee and retiree

The Consumers Energy Foundation has pledged grants to the following:

  oCranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills) -- $50,000 for the Young
    Scientists program in Flint schools, expanding a program already in
    Detroit Public Schools. Sixth- and seventh-graders will receive
    instruction during the school day and after school, and visit the museum
    with their families.
  oCommunity Foundation for Muskegon County (Muskegon) -- $50,000 to help
    relocate the Muskegon Farmers Market to a year-round, downtown location.
  oLakeshore Museum Center (Muskegon) -- $50,000 for Michigan's Heritage
    Park, a tourist attraction on 20 acres that will tell the story of
    Michigan's history through interactive exhibits.
  oGoodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan (Kalamazoo) -- $50,000 to
    support the Read & Seed Family Literacy Program, focusing on adult
    literacy and providing literacy activities to help 34 low-income families.
  oSaginaw Valley State University (University Center) -- $50,000 to support
    the university's 50^th anniversary fundraising campaign. Funds will create
    a scholarship for electrical engineering students and create an exterior
    entrance for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.
  oMichigan 4-H Foundation (Tustin) -- $50,000 to improve the Kettunen
    Center, which hosts 4-H training workshops, school band camps and more.
    Funds will support expansion of a beach, addition of a dock and
    recreational features, and more.
  oKalamazoo County Land Bank Authority (Kalamazoo) -- $30,000 to support the
    Riverview Launch project, converting a tax-foreclosed property into a hub
    of community programming based on healthy, active lifestyles.
  oMiTech Plus, Inc. (Midland) -- $30,000 to help develop the STEM (science,
    technology, engineering and math) Center of Excellence, bringing together
    business, community and education leaders in the Great Lakes Bay region.
  oSiena Heights University (Adrian) -- $25,000 to transform the old
    Benincasa dining hall into multipurpose space for the university and
    community to host special events.
  oSt. Johns Area Community Fund (St. Johns) -- $15,000 for a spray park that
    will replace the community's 60-year-old outdoor swimming pool.
  oJordan Lake Trail Board (Lake Odessa) -- $15,000 for a pedestrian/bike
    trail around Jordan Lake that can be used for cross-country skiing and
    snowshoeing in winter.
  oFenner Conservancy (Lansing) -- $11,600 for prairie restoration,
    converting 19 acres of fields that are full of invasive species.
  oRegent Theatre (Allegan) -- $10,000 to help convert the theater's
    projection equipment from 35mm film to a digital format.
  oAdrian College (Adrian) -- $10,000 to the "Track and Explore" program,
    providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education on
    the grounds of Michigan International Speedway to college students
    studying to become teachers.
  oGreater Lansing Housing Coalition (Lansing) -- $10,000 to expand "Tuesday
    Toolmen" project, providing home maintenance and repair jobs for
    income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities.
  oIndependent Transportation Network (Southfield) -- $10,000 to support
    transportation for seniors and the visually impaired. People will receive
    rides in private automobiles at any time within Oakland County, helping
    them to live independently.
  oSeebeck Family Fund (Gladwin) -- $8,700 for kitchen incubator at Gladwin
    County Recreation Area. The kitchen will be part of a lodge that includes
    a banquet facility, space for artisans to sell products and the Gladwin
    Farmers Market.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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