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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 has a business presence 
  • 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)






Contributions are not given to:

  • Private foundation, as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • 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 where DTE Energy has a business presence 
  • Hospitals, for building or equipment needs

Applying for a grant:

DTE Foundation grants are invitation-only: Q1 – Education & Employment, Q2 – Community Transformation/Economic Progress, Q3 – Human Needs/Arts & Culture, Q4 – Environment. We execute a strategy informed by critical community needs. Eligible and aligned organizations will receive direct requests to apply. We do not accept unsolicited letters or proposals. To seek out grantees, program staff will actively engage with a wide range of organizations, community groups and other foundations, monitor ongoing and emerging strategies and invite proposals from potential grantees based on priorities set by the DTE Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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