People Fund Grants Given

People Fund Grants Given

The Tri-County People Fund has granted over $2,000,000 to families and organizations with special needs since January 1993. This page lists the most recent grants given, and also links to pdf files showing all grants given in a particular district.


Most Recent Grants Given 

January 27, 2016
Meeting January 25, the Tri-County Electric People Fund board of directors made seven grants totaling $8,716.66, including:

  • $3,000 to Housing Services of Mid-Michigan in Charlotte, for their housing assistance program;
  • $2,000 to Clinton County Senior Center in St. Johns, to support their nutritional bingo program;
  • $200 to First Congregational Church in Portland, to purchase food pantry items;
  • $419.49 to a Gratiot County family, to help with housing expenses;
  • $1,700 to an Ionia County family, to help with housing expenses;
  • $749.36 to a Montcalm County family, for assistance with medical bills; and
  • $647.81 to a Montcalm County family, to help with housing expenses.

December 14, 2016
Four grants totaling $6,985.54, including:

  • $1,500 to Ionia County YMCA, to purchase water safety equipment for the 3rd grade, senior, and special needs water safety programs;
  • $3,000 to an Ingham County family, to help with housing expenses;
  • $785.54 to a Montcalm County family, to help with housing expenses; and
  • $1,700 to another Montcalm County family, also to help with housing expenses.

November 16, 2016
Nine grants totaling $10,756.24, including:

  • $1,000 to Hope's Pantry, Stanton, to purchase items for their food pantry;
  • $2,200 to Montcalm CASA, Stanton, to purchase laptops and software for staff to use in serving client families;
  • $1,500 to the Sunfield Historical Society to help with roof repairs to the Welch Museum;
  • $500 to St. Mary's St. Vincent de Paul, Charlotte, for their rent and utility assistance program;
  • $1,000 to Montcalm County Great Start, for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program;
  • $1,194.38 to an Ingham County family, to help with medical bills;
  • $600 to an Ionia County family, and $1,650 to another Ionia County family, to help with housing expenses; and
  • $1,111.86 to an Isabella County family for medical bills.

October 5, 2016
Twelve grants totaling $14,512.77, including:

  • $1,100 to Project Starburst, Big Rapids, to buy a new freezer for their food pantry;
  • $1,000 to Richland Township Library in Vestaburg, for new library books;
  • $1,000 to Lakeview Ministerial Association, Lakeview, to restock their food pantry;
  • $1,000 to Community Christian Action Group in Eaton Rapids, to purchase food pantry items;
  • $1,000 to M-46 Tabernacle Food Pantry in Riverdale, to buy food pantry items;
  • $895.50 to Nottawa-Sherman Townships Fire Department in Weidman, to purchase an emergency pager;
  • $2,500 to an Eaton County family to install a wheelchair stair lift;
  • $997.27 to an Ingham County family, and $2,000 to another Ingham County family, in both cases to help with housing expenses;
  • $640 to an Isabella County family to assist with eyeglasses;
  • $480 to a Mecosta County family to help with housing expenses; and
  • $1,900 to a Montcalm County family to help with dental bills.

August 24, 2016
Three grants totaling $4,598.56, including:

  • $2,000 to an Ionia County family to help with housing and medical expenses;
  • $1,000 to another Ionia County family to pay for a new furnace; and
  • $1,598.56 to a Montcalm County family to help with housing and medical expenses.

July 13, 2016
Six grants totaling $4,818.76, including:

  • $467.40 to Positive Solutions Informed Choices, Ionia, to provide infant car seats;
  • $1,040 to Gratiot-Isabella RESD to distribute books to area children through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library;
  • $1,000 to Tri-County Office on Aging to support the Meals on Wheels program in Eaton, Clinton, and Ingham counties;
  • $1,000 to Ashley Fire Department, to purchase protective firefighter clothing and gear;
  • $369.36 to an Ionia County family to assist with housing expenses; and
  • $942 to a Montcalm County family to help with medical bills.

June 1, 2016
Four grants totaling $5,482, including:

  • $500 to New Beginnings Church, Six Lakes, for backpack project supplies;
  • $500 to Enrich of Ionia County, to help provide job training to young adults;
  • $2,500 to CASA - Voice For Clinton County Children, St. Johns, to support their child abuse prevention program; and
  • $1,982 to an Eaton County family to help with medical bills.

April 20, 2016
Eleven grants, totaling $15,157.53, including:

  • $250 to the Adult Handicap Program, Charlotte, for their summer bowling program;
  • $2,500 to EightCAP, Greenville, to sponsor Camp Wah-Wah-Tay-See expenses for children;
  • $2,000 to Portland Area Fire Authority to purchase a thermal imaging camera;
  • $1,250 to Helping Hands of Eaton County, Charlotte, to stock personal care items for needy families and individuals;
  • $462 to an Ingham County family to help with housing expenses;
  • $671.66 to a Clare County family for housing and medical expenses;
  • $2,500 to an Ionia County family for dental repairs;
  • $2,138.72 to a Montcalm County family to help with housing expenses;
  • $400 to another Montcalm County family to purchase a Go-Go Scooter;
  • $2,500 to a Mecosta County family to repair their roof; and
  • $485.15 to another Mecosta County family for plumbing repairs.

March 9, 2016
Four grants totaling $4,158.68, including:

  • $1,650 to Barryton Area Mobile Food Pantry, for food truck delivery expenses;
  • $980 to Project Starburst, Big Rapids, for food truck delivery expenses;
  • $500 to First Congregational Church of Portland, to support Monday night community meals; and
  • $1,028.68 to a Montcalm County family, for vehicle repairs. 

Grants given, to date, by district

Click on the underlined District # to download a PDF listing all grants made in that district since 1993.

District 1 (Eaton, Ingham, and Jackson counties)
District 2 (Barry and Ionia counties)
District 3 (most of Clinton County)
District 4 (most of Montcalm County)
District 5 (Gratiot & Saginaw counties, plus 3 townships each in Clinton and Montcalm counties)D
District 6 (Clare and Isabella counties)
District 7 (Mecosta and Osceola counties)

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