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frequently asked questions

When will my application receive a decision?

In 2018 – Organizations applying for grants within our six giving priority areas will receive a decision within 60 days of applying.

What are the application periods?
Click here to view our application periods.
What types of programs do you fund?

The DTE Energy Foundation primarily funds programs that align with the following six priority areas: arts and culturecommunity transformation, economic progress, education and employment, environmental progress and human needs. In addition to our priority giving, we also support the community in many others ways.

How many times can I apply for a grant each year?
While we do not limit the number of times an organization applies for funding, we encourage applicants to submit one application each year for a program that is aligned with our giving priorities.
How will I receive funds for an approved grant?

Funding is conveniently sent through electronic funds transfer directly to our partner’s financial institutions. Approved grantees must complete the EFT forms and email to Alternatively, payment by check is available, however please note that checks take longer to process than EFTs.

How can I get equipment donated to my organization?

Corporate donations are made to municipalities, schools, community and other charitable nonprofit organizations (501(c)3 ID number required). Donation requests are reviewed and approved based on company guidelines and availability.

The request must be made in writing on official organization letterhead and include the purpose for the donation, and the name and telephone number of responsible recipient.

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Are there geographical restrictions on funding from the DTE Energy Foundation?

Eligible nonprofits are 501(c)3 organizations that serve communities where DTE Energy maintains a business presence.

Who/what is not eligible for funding?
  • Private foundation, as defined in Section 509(a)
  • Individuals (including those seeking direct scholarships)
  • Political parties, organizations or activities
  • Religious organizations for religious (denominational) purposes
  • Organizations that are not able to demonstrate commitment to equality and diversity (clients, staff and board composition)
  • Student group trips
  • Projects that may result in undue personal benefit to a member of the DTE Energy Foundation board or to any DTE Energy employee
  • Conferences, unless they are aligned with DTE Energy’s business interests
  • Single purpose health organizations
  • Hospitals, for building or equipment needs
What are the criteria for receiving a grant in one of the priority giving areas?

Eligible 501(c)3 organizations must be able to demonstrate impact that aligns with the goals of our six priority giving areas. Applications will be evaluated on the program’s ability to achieve quantifiable and measurable outcomes.

As a grant recipient, what are my reporting requirements?

All grantees must use the DTE Energy Foundation’s online portal for grant reporting. We greatly value grant reporting as it provides grantees the opportunity to share successes and demonstrate the impact of their work on the individuals, families and communities served. Additionally, grant reports educate the DTE Energy Foundation staff on challenges and barriers to successful operations, which helps us better the process for next time. Please use the login information used for your organization’s application to access the portal for grant reporting.

As a DTE Energy employee, how do I log my volunteer hours and apply for McCarthy grants?

DTE Energy employees can visit the Care Force page through the Quest intranet portal at and log in with their credentials to record volunteer hours and apply for McCarthy Grants and Dollars for Doers.

As a DTE Energy retiree, how do I log my volunteer hours and apply for McCarthy grants?

DTE Energy retirees are encouraged to email to request login credentials, which will provide access to our Care Force portal, which allows you to record volunteer hours and apply for McCarthy Grants and Dollars for Doers.

As a DTE Energy retiree, how do I apply for a match to my charitable donation?

Employees and retirees may apply for a match to their charitable donation to an educational or cultural institution by accessing

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