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Eligibility requirements and restrictions

To be considered for a charitable contribution from the DTE Energy Foundation, the requesting organization must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be located in, or provide services, to a community in which DTE Energy does business
  • Be a nonprofit (i.e. be exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation, as defined in Section 509(a) of the Code)
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Contributions are not given to:

  • Individuals (including those seeking direct scholarships)
  • Political parties, organizations or activities
  • 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
  • National or international organizations, unless they are providing benefits directly to our service-area residents
  • 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
  • Little leagues and/or sports teams

Applying for a grant:

  1. Click “Start Your Application” above and create a login to begin the grant application process in the DTE Energy Foundation.
  2. Once logged in, select the type of giving priority your event or program supports, and answer a survey to ensure eligibility for grant funding.
  3. If eligible, begin the application process by filling out all fields and providing the necessary documents to verify your 501(c)3 organization status.
  4. On the last page of the application, titled “Edit-Outcomes,” you will enter the anticipated outcomes of the grant, which you will report on at the end of the grant term.
  5. Click on “Save and Close” to exit the “Outcomes” section and return to complete the application.
  6. Finally, click on “Review and Submit” to review your application, before it sending it to the Foundation for review.
  7. After clicking “Submit,” you will be brought to the “Outcomes Portal” and you will receive a confirmation email that your application is under review.
  8. Please review the timelines for information on when you can expect a decision.
  9. To access your account moving forward, click “Continue Your Application” below.
  10. Remember to add to your safe senders list to ensure you receive all system communications.

Reporting on your grant:

  1. Launch portal via the “report on your grant” button on the Grants page or by using the following URL:
  2. Log in with email and password previously used to create account.
  3. You will see the “Outcomes” progress updates and due date.
  4. Enter the values as indicated by each measure submitted in your original application and submit.

Click here for additional support with our grant portal 

2020 Application Calendar

Education & Employment
Application period: January 20 – January 31, 2020
Decision made: March 2020

Community Transformation
Economic Progress
Application period: April 13 – April 24, 2020
Decision made: June 2020

Arts & Culture
Human Needs
Application period: July 20 – July 31, 2020
Decision made: September 2020

Application period: October 12 – October 23, 2020
Decision made: December 2020


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