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Communities First

The PIE&G Communities First Fund was created in 1998 for the purpose of collecting and disbursing funds for the benevolent and philanthropic needs (i.e. humanitarian, youth, educational, and civic development) of individuals and organizations in the service area of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, as determined by its volunteer, independent Board of Directors.

The PIE&G Communities First Fund assists our local communities with many worthy projects, including those by emergency medical responders, fire departments, youth organizations, law enforcement agencies, local charities and educational institutions.

Members in the program voluntarily donate the “round up” amount on their utility bills to the next whole dollar. The average contribution is about 50 cents per month, or around $6 annually per meter.  All contributions are tax deductible.

Please consider participation in the PIE&G Communities First Fund.  Print off and complete the enrollment form (click here), or call our Member Services Department at 1-800-423-6634.  After completing the enrollment form, you may drop it off at our office or mail the form along with your utility payment to PIE&G, P O Box 308, Onaway, MI  49765.

These small donations add up to make a BIG difference in northeast Michigan— over $1.37 million has been returned to help our local communities to date!


  • Grants are limited to $10,000 annually for organizations.
  • Applicants may not re-apply within 6 months of a previous application.
  • Organizations must submit latest financial statements, bylaws, and proof of non-profit status with application.
  • Grants are generally intended to benefit youth and for humanitarian, philanthropic, educational, and civic development purposes.
  • Funds must be utilized within 6 months of being awarded. Funds not claimed will result in the grant being rescinded.


The Fund does not make grants for:

  • Fundraising campaigns.
  • Administrative or general operating expenses, i.e. overhead, wages, utility expenses, professional/counsulting fees, etc.
  • Organizations strictly serving outside the 9 county service territory of PIE&G (Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac, Montmorency, Otsego, Oscoda, and Presque Isle).
  • Religious activities or programs serving specific religious groups or denominations. However, faith-based organizations may submit inquiries if the project falls within our guidelines and serves a broad segment of the population.
  • Individuals.
  • Political campaigns.
  • Expenditures already incurred.
  • Endowment Funding.
  • For Profit organizations are excluded.
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