SAGINAW -The Consumers Energy Foundation recently approved a $50,000 grant to support economic development in Saginaw County and Saginaw Future.

This grant was approved as part of a special program designed specifically to provide COVID-19 economic development assistance across the state. Since March, the Consumers Energy Foundation has provided more than $4 million to Michigan’s nonprofits to care for our communities during these difficult times, including $1.8 million focused directly to provide assistance to small business. 

“The tremendous generosity, leadership and efforts of the Consumers Energy Foundation shows just how valuable they are as a community partner.” said Saginaw Future President JoAnn Crary. “Consumers Energy and its Foundation continue to find ways to support our small businesses and non-profits, especially during these uncertain times.”

The Consumers Energy Foundation is making $535,000 in new grants to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are being provided across Michigan through 21 organizations that support small business customers with assistance programs, with a focus on women- and minority-owned businesses.

“Small businesses form the backbone of our state’s economy, and we at Consumers Energy are working every day to help them until Michigan defeats the pandemic,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are happy to work with local economic development organizations that know their communities’ needs best and are making sure our new contributions are having the biggest impact.”