students learning skilled trades at Randolph Technical School in Detroit

education & employment

The DTE Energy Foundation supports programs that provide hands-on, real-world education and job opportunities that prepare and motivate underserved youth and adults, differently-abled individuals, veterans, returning citizens and other community members. We focus on developing programs for at-risk, disadvantaged youth and transitioning adults to generate opportunities for obtaining sustainable living wage skills-based jobs, while maintaining our support of key STEM initiatives. Through our support, organizations across the state are developing a talent pipeline that creates career pathways and provides a bright future for individuals in need.

Priority will be given to organizations or initiatives that:

  • Assist participants in obtaining new occupational skills or educational credentials
  • Connect individuals to sustainable living-wage employment
  • Provide programs that expose young people to skills-based careers
  • Provide participants an opportunity to improve skills in a related STEM discipline

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
Education & employment 

Application period opens: January 21, 2019

Application period closes: February 1, 2019 

Review & decision



Visit our Grants page for more information or to submit an application.


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