Cloverland Cares

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Cloverland Cares is a bill round-up program to generate funds to contribute back to the communities served by Cloverland Electric Cooperative. Launched in 2020, Cloverland Cares is a separate non-profit foundation with a mission to support school meal programs, food banks and scholarships. 100% of funds stay local to the Eastern Upper Peninsula and are divided equally among the cooperative’s three districts.

Cloverland members can opt-in to round up their monthly bill payments to contribute in four ways:

  • Round up each bill to the nearest dollar (averages $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)
Begin Contributing to Cloverland Cares Today

Cloverland Cares Grants and Scholarships

Grant Cycles:

  • Fall — Deadline: September 30
  • Spring — Deadline: March 31

We are currently accepting grant requests for our fall 2021 cycle. Please review grant guidelines and complete an application for a grant or scholarship.

Grant Guidelines

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 ongoing
  • 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
  • Individuals
  • 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.

Grant Application Checklist
  1. Fill out the application completely, and include any supporting documentation regarding your request such as quotes for work/equipment.
  2. 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.
  3. One copy of your organization’s financial statements for previous 2 years (Do not submit tax returns).
  4. One copy of your organization’s bylaws (not required for tax-funded entities).
  5. I have encouraged all staff and directors of my organization to enroll in Cloverland Cares either online (through SmartHub) or by phone.
  6. 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.
Scholarship Application Information

Availability — Up to one scholarship per Cloverland membership district A, B, C.

Award Amount — To be determined based on need and available funds. The scholarship must be used for educational purposes at Lake Superior State University, Bay Mills Community College, Les Cheneaux Culinary School, or for electrical utility programs offered by Northern Michigan University, Alpena Community College or Lansing Community College.

Frequency — One time, non-renewable

Deadline — Completed applications must be submitted by March 31, 2021 by 4:30 p.m. All supporting materials and documentation must be included with the application.

Eligibility — Applicant or student/applicant’s parent or legal guardian must be a member of Cloverland Electric Cooperative and currently receiving electric service from the cooperative. Note – there is no age limit for the applicant. All co-op members are eligible. Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time student for the 2021 fall 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 May 2021.

Cloverland Cares Board of Directors

Allie Brawley, Board President, Sault Ste. Marie – District B

Krista Brown, St. Ignace –  District A

Gary Deuman, Sault Ste. Marie – District B

Jill Eyre, St. Ignace – District A

John Sawruk, Sault Ste. Marie – District B

We are also seeking additional members from district C to serve on the Cloverland Cares board of directors. Participation involves community outreach and quarterly board meetings – fall and spring meetings to review grant requests, plus an annual meeting and a strategic planning meeting.

Interested in serving? Please complete the board member application below.