The DTE Energy Foundation believes in sustaining and protecting Michigan’s treasured natural resources – and to help build the state’s future. We aim to educate and assist our communities in achieving leading environmental outcomes through our support of environmental leadership that emphasize water quality, wildlife, air and recycling waste. The DTE Energy Foundation partners with organizations seeking similar goals in supporting sustainability efforts that make communities stronger, more desirable and more resilient.

Priority will be given to organizations or initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate the impact of their sustainability programming

National Cherry Festival provides fun for thousands of visitors. And here’s the cherry on top!

For the 17th year, the DTE Energy Foundation is sponsoring the Cherry Royale Parade, one of the Midwest’s largest parades. The Foundation float, themed “Dream, Create, Build” will lead the parade, which is expected to draw 80,000 viewers. Along with sponsoring the community’s largest event,  the Foundation’s support also diverts 92 percent of festival waste to ensure that this is not only fun for visitors, but safe for the environment too.

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DTE Midstream employees, DTE Energy Foundation clean up illegal dumpsite in Pennsylvania

Several DTE Midstream employee volunteers with support from the DTE Energy Foundation recently helped to clean up a ravine in northeast Pennsylvania littered with illegally dumped tires. Dozens of ravines, streams, and backroad areas in rural Susquehanna County have been scarred by years of illicit dumping with tires, household electronics, mattresses, furniture and other debris resulting in environmental degradation and creating public health hazards.

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The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Since 1951, the group has protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide and operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. The Nature Conservancy impacts conservation in 72 countries — protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. They address threats to conservation involving climate change, access to clean water, ocean health, and everything in between.

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Recycling programs at major events across the state

The DTE Energy Foundation has supported recycling programs at major event across the state, including GRandJazzFest, a weekend-long jazz festival that brings a diverse audience of more than 10,000 over two days to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. People of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic levels enjoy two days of free, live jazz, all while increasing activity in local businesses and creating a positive economic impact.

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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

Application period

Application period 

Review & decision



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