Applications Now Available to Teachers for DTE Energy Foundation Mini-grants for Educators


DETROIT, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The DTE Energy Foundation is accepting applications for its Energy & Our World Mini-grants for Educators program. The program has awarded more than $750,000 since 1990 to teachers statewide to fund energy-related projects that encourage students' curiosity and excitement about energy, science, math and the environment.

"These grants provide teachers with funding for special projects that school budgets typically cannot afford," said Carol Moore, DTE Energy Education and Community Relations representative. "Last year, the DTE Energy Foundation awarded 113 grants to Michigan teachers for a wide array of creative projects that helped students better understand energy and the energy industry."

Teachers of grades K-12 in public, non-public and charter schools within DTE Energy's service territory may apply for the grants. Recipients will be selected by a panel of education personnel, who will look for the best interdisciplinary projects that incorporate problem-solving, decision-making and critical thinking skills.

"We're especially interested in funding projects that teach children about renewable energy created from the wind, sun and other environmentally friendly sources," Moore noted. "With the demand for energy increasing and concern for the environment growing, renewable energy will be playing an increasingly important role in meeting future energy needs here in Michigan and throughout the country."

Mini-grant applications must include a detailed description of the proposed project, including the expected outcomes and an itemized budget. Grants typically range from $50 to $250, but some proposals could be funded for more.

All applications must be postmarked by Friday, November 30, 2007. Grants will be awarded in early 2008.

For more information on the Energy & Our World Mini-Grants, or to request an application, go to or contact Carol Moore at (313) 235-7012 or


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