Cherryland Cares Awards $25,600 To Six Nonprofits

At its fourth-quarter board meeting, the Cherryland Cares Board awarded a total of $25,600 in grants to Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, Betsie Valley Community Center, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Junior Achievement of Northwest Michigan, Love Thy Neighbor Grand Traverse Region, and TART Trails, Inc. In total, Cherryland Cares awarded nearly $55,000 in grants to area nonprofit agencies in 2019.

If you are an area nonprofit agency seeking financial help, first-quarter grant applications are due Friday, March 6. For more information, please call Shannon Mattson at 231-486-9234 or email at

Cherryland Accepts Applications For Youth Tour In Washington, D.C.

High school sophomores and juniors from Cherryland’s service territory are invited to join the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour: a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses- paid leadership travel opportunity to Washington, D.C., in June.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 28. For more information and to apply, visit

Serve On Cherryland’s Board

Any qualified Cherryland member can be elected to serve a three-year term on the cooperative’s board of directors. Two directors will be elected at this year’s Annual Meeting, including one at-large director and one Leelanau director.

To be nominated in 2020, candidates can file a petition with the cooperative’s administrative assistant starting the first day of March and ending at 4 p.m. on the last business day of March. Nominating petitions are available on our website and at the co-op office in Grawn.

For more information regarding board nominations and the election process, review Article III of the co-op’s bylaws on our website.

Cherryland Offers Five Scholarships

Cherryland offers five scholarships—three worth $4,000 ($1,000 for four years) for high school seniors and two for $1,000 each for adult scholarships (post high school).

Applications for both scholarships are available on our website or by contacting Cherryland’s office at 231-486-9200. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 3.

No Barriers Adventures For Rural Veterans—Apply By Feb. 28

No Barriers is a five-day, all-expenses-paid expedition in Colorado designed to help veterans with disabilities transform their lives through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments (climbing, rafting and hiking).

If you are a disabled veteran, or you know of a disabled veteran in our community who would like to participate in the No Barriers program, please complete the form at: