As interactions become increasingly digital, seizing the opportunities to build community become increasingly important. Festivals and fairs have long provided not only entertainment, but also the opportunity for friends and neighbors to gather — which is why the DTE Energy Foundation launched a program this year to support the events that build a community.

The Community Giving Program will fund more than 200 events statewide with grants ranging from $500 to $5,000. From the Upper Peninsula State Fair to the Dundee Mayfly Festival, the Foundation is supporting those events that bring neighbors together while helping to spur economic activity.

“These events often represent tradition within a community,” explained Faye Nelson, DTE Energy vice president and DTE Energy Foundation president and chairperson. “They also drive economic activity to help support local businesses, many of which see a considerable uptick in customer activity during these types of community events.”

For more information on how DTE Energy and the DTE Energy Foundation work to make Michigan a great place to live and work, visit our corporate citizenship website. If you would like to keep up-to-date on our community efforts, subscribe to our Community Connections newsletter.