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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)






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. NEW: The DTE Foundation will provide select nonprofits an invitation via email to apply for grant support.
  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 is sent to the Foundation.
  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 outcomes@blackbaud.com to your safe senders list to ensure you receive all system communications.

Reporting on your grant:

Please send your organization’s grant reports, associated metrics, supporting documents, and any other information to foundation@dteenergy.com. All attachments must be in PDF format.

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