Consumers Energy Gives Matching Grant to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently presented a $125,000 matching grant to 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. It 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.

“Some may wonder why Consumers Energy would be involved in helping people achieve homeownership,” Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary-treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation, said. “The answer is simple: We’re committed to Michigan, we care about our customers, and we want to do our part to make our communities better places to live. What’s good for the people of Michigan is good for Consumers too.”

The 10 projects selected for the $125,000 matching grants include:

Bay City – The Bay Commitment College Resource Center, which helps Bay County students and their parents apply for college and for financial assistance.

Saginaw – The Saginaw Community Foundation successfully raised matching dollars to support the restoration of the city’s Deindorfer Woods Park.

Lansing – The Michigan Nonprofit Association. The grant supports the development of the Nonprofit Center at the Armory.

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.

Grand Rapids – The West Michigan Sports Commission.  The grant will support the construction of a 12-field sports complex in Rockford.

Jackson – The Energizing Education Project, previously called the Partnership Park Neighborhood Planning Project.  The grant supports educational system improvements in the city of Jackson.

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.

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.

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.

Traverse City – The Traverse City Film Festival.  The grant supports the group’s effort to renovate the exterior of the historic State Theatre in downtown Traverse City.