Consumers Energy Foundation Funds New Trail Projects Across Michigan

If you hike, bike or blade on a Michigan trail this summer, chances are the Consumers Energy Foundation helped make it possible.

The Consumers Energy Foundation has donated $238,000 to 18 trail projects across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
The Consumers Energy Foundation has donated $238,000 to 18 trail projects across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

The foundation most recently approved $25,000 grants for the Calhoun County portion of the Great Lake to Lake Trail and the Blue Star Trail, between South Haven and Saugatuck in Allegan County.

“We are committed to promoting Michigan residents’ health and quality of life, and to promoting Pure Michigan as a tourist destination,” said David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We have supported the development of 18 trails from the Mackinac Bridge to the Indiana line because they make Michigan a more attractive place to live and work.”

“Consumers Energy has proven itself to be a valuable partner in these trail projects,” said Nancy Krupiarz, executive director for the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “While state and federal grants may be available, communities often struggle to come up with the required local match, and that is where our private sector partners, such as Consumers Energy, can make the pivotal difference in making these trails happen.”

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.