Many electric cooperatives have bill round-up programs that generate funds to contribute back to the communities they serve. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Cloverland’s CEO, Mike Heise, decided it was an ideal time to establish such a program for our cooperative to give back to the Eastern Upper Peninsula communities we serve. Cloverland Cares officially launched as a separate non-profit entity with the specific focus to support our school meal programs, food banks, and scholarships. View our Cloverland Cares September 2020 News Release (PDF).
Now Cloverland’s members can opt-in to round up their monthly bill payments to contribute to Cloverland Cares. Funding will be designated specifically for food banks and scholarships and will be divided equally among Cloverland’s three districts.
There are several ways to contribute to Cloverland Cares:
- Round up each bill to the nearest dollar (an average of $6 per year)
- Designate an amount to donate with each monthly bill
- Designate a one-time donation in the amount of your choice
- Mail a check made out to “Cloverland Cares” to our Dafter office (2916 M-28, Dafter, MI 49724)
To enroll, please contact our member services team at (800) 562-4953 or use SmartHub (select “bill pay” then “round up” and follow prompts).
Cloverland Cares Grants and Scholarships
- Fall — Deadline: September 30
- Spring — Deadline: March 31
We are currently accepting grant requests for our fall cycle. Please review our grant guidelines and complete a grant application or scholarship application.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in our communities by contributing to school meal programs, food banks, and scholarships to benefit Cloverland Electric Cooperative members in our five-county service territory.
Every Cloverland Electric Cooperative member may contribute to Cloverland Cares by authorizing the cooperative to “round up” their bill to the next highest dollar (an average of 50 cents each month or $6 per year). All contributions are tax-deductible. Cloverland Cares has zero overhead expenses. All money contributed is returned to our local communities within our Eastern Upper Peninsula service territory. Enroll in the Cloverland Cares round up program by contacting member services: (800) 562-4953 or log in to SmartHub – go to Bill Pay / Round Up and follow prompts.
Grants are awarded to non-profit, charitable organizations that provide humanitarian, educational, or community development services within our five-county area. A portion of the funds may be awarded to organizations that help individuals or families in crisis or to tax-exempt organizations. Grant applications and associated paperwork are due by September 30 and March 31. Grants are awarded by an independent board of volunteer directors who evaluate every application. They evaluate each application based on the specific project and unique needs of the organization and how it aligns with the mission of Cloverland Cares.
Grants may be awarded if they:
- Are one-time in nature, rather than on-going
- Benefit a large number of people
- Leverage funds from other sources
- Distribute funds to organizations that help individuals or families in crisis
- Help programs to increase their capacity to deliver services
- Are for a tax-exempt, non-profit, or 501(c)3 organization
- Enhance cooperation and collaboration among organizations
- Avoid duplication of services
- Help deliver services of an organization more effectively
Grants are generally not awarded for:
- Daily school operations
- Normal operating expenses
- Fundraising or political campaigns
- Loans or deficit spending
- Endowment funds
- Retroactive projects
- Faith-based organizations*
*Faith-based organizations may receive funding for projects only if the project provides services to all community members, regardless of the community member’s religious affiliation or participation, such as a food pantry.
- Fill out the application completely, and include any supporting documentation regarding your request such as quotes for work/equipment.
- One copy of your IRS 501c3 determination letter, if you check Yes to your organization being a 501(c)3. Please note, this is not a tax license or a W-9, please be sure to include the correct letter from the Department of Treasury if you check yes.
- One copy of your organization’s financial statements for previous 2 years (Do not submit tax returns).
- One copy of your organization’s bylaws (not required for tax-funded entities).
- I have encouraged all staff and directors of my organization to enroll in Cloverland Cares either online (through SmartHub) or by phone.
- Deadline — September 30 (fall grant cycle) or March 31 (spring grant cycle). If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due by the next business day.
Availability — Up to one scholarship per Cloverland membership district A, B, C.
Award Amount — To be determined based on need. The scholarship must be used for educational purposes at Lake Superior State University, Bay Mills Community College, Les Cheneaux Culinary School, or Alpena Community College’s utility tech program.
Frequency — One time, non-renewable
Deadline — Completed applications must be submitted by September 30, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. All supporting materials and documentation must be included with the application.
Eligibility — Student/Applicant’s parent or legal guardian must be a member of Cloverland Electric Cooperative and currently receiving electric service from the cooperative.
Student/Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time student for the 2021 spring term.
Evaluation — Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: financial need, grade point average, school involvement and achievements, community service and work experience, personal statement of educational and career goals, essay, and letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Notification — Cloverland Electric Cooperative will only notify award recipients and announce to the membership in November 2021.
Cloverland Cares Board of Directors
We are also seeking members from districts A and C to serve on our Cloverland Cares board of directors. Participation involves quarterly board meetings – fall and spring meetings to review grant requests, plus an annual meeting and a strategic planning meeting.
Interested in serving? Complete the board member application below.