The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations throughout its local service area. The upcoming grant application deadline is Feb. 1, 2012.

The People Fund is supported solely by Great Lakes Energy members who allow their electric cooperative to round up their bill each month to the next dollar. Since 1999 more than $2.2 million in grants have been awarded to charitable and community organizations throughout Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area, which stretches from Kalamazoo to the Mackinac Straits.

“Through the generosity of our members who round-up their bill to the nearest dollar, we can give back to organizations in need,” says President/CEO Steve Boeckman. “We encourage non-profit community organizations to apply so that the funds can be put to good use in our local service area.”

Non-profit organizations can apply for a grant through the People Fund by downloading the application at The application can also be requested by calling Great Lakes Energy, 1-888-485-2537, ext. 1313.