economic progress

The DTE Energy Foundation works to promote economic progress by helping Michigan attract, retain and expand businesses. We support organizations that are focused on creating a culture of innovation through entrepreneurship, accelerating economic growth, as well as attracting, strengthening and developing companies throughout Michigan. We invest in efforts that generate jobs, reimagine development opportunities and strengthen cities, ultimately resulting in statewide growth and economic resilience.

Priority will be given to organizations or initiatives that:

  • Increase business expansion and attraction
  • Provide employment opportunities for underserved populations
  • Provide support for small and minority businesses
  • Demonstrate the economic impact for the community

The Right Place

The Right Place is West Michigan’s leading economic development organization and has assisted thousands of West Michigan companies to invest more than $4.7 billion and 44,000 new jobs throughout the region. Every day, the team meets with current and prospective companies, connecting them to the resources they need to grow in the Grand Rapids region. Read More

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK is a premier economic development organization driving growth in the major entrepreneurial hub of Ann Arbor, Mich. SPARK was launched in May, 2005 as a Partnership between University of Michigan, Washtenaw County, local communities, and private companies with the goal of igniting innovation in Ann Arbor, doubling the number of tech companies and tripling the number of tech workers in Washtenaw County. Read More

Detroit Economic Growth Association

Detroit’s strength as a business location is evident through its successes. Since 2012, Detroit has seen almost $1 billion invested in automotive manufacturing at new and existing suppliers and $96 million invested in over 14 full-service grocery stores. Downtown Detroit’s office vacancy rate has fallen 12 percent in the past five years to 17.5 percent. Additionally, according to the 2014-2015 Annual Michigan Venture Capital Fund Research report, Detroit is becoming a new focal point of venture capital activity, with 24 firms receiving $186 million in investment. Over 52 percent of those are tech-related. Read More

2018 Application calendar
All giving areas

All giving areas
Application period: January 22- February 2
Decision made: May 25, 2018

All giving areas 
Application period: April 23 – May 4
Decision made: August 10, 2018

All giving areas 
Application period: July 23 – August 3
Decision made: November 16, 2018

All giving areas
Application period: October 22 – November 2
Decision made: February 8, 2019

2019 New application calendar
Economic progress 

Application period

Application period

Review & decision


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