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I&M is Powering the Next Explorers as Teachers Can Now Apply for Grants to Enhance Learning

October 18, 2022

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Oct. 17, 2022– Teachers across Indiana Michigan Power’s (I&M) 30 county service area in Indiana and Michigan can now apply for grants for the 2023-2024 school year. American Electric Power’s (AEP; NASDAQ), I&M’s parent company, Teacher Vision Grant Program supports innovative projects and teachers while enhancing the student academic experience.

“At Indiana Michigan Power, we believe education is the foundation for the future of our communities. We need to support the innovators of tomorrow and one way we can do this is through creative, hands-on learning,” said Katie Davis, vice president of External Affairs and Customer Experience. “This is where American Electric Power’s Teacher Vision Grant Program is so important since it’s focused on giving our local teachers the resources to implement new programs and making education accessible to their students.”

Nearly $8,000 from the previous round of AEP Teacher Vision Grants went to 21 teachers, representing 12 different schools, across Indiana and southwest Michigan. Funds help teachers buy robots, circuity boards for elementary school students, construction tools for students to build bat boxes, and to sponsor Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp scholarships.

Projects with any academic focus and a goal to improve student achievement will be considered, although AEP and I&M have a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, the study of energy and a sustainable environment and energy efficiency. Highly regarded projects will incorporate matching funds, community resources, and interdisciplinary or team-teaching projects.

How to Apply

Teachers of grades pre-K through 12, who live and or teach within I&M’s service area or in communities with major I&M facilities, can apply today – midnight EST on Dec. 16, for the 2023-2024 series of grants.

Grant awards can range from $100 to $500. Per school year, a limit of one grant is awarded to a teacher and up to two grants per school or educational organization. Review and awarding of grants may take up to three months.

Applications must be submitted via this application link or by visiting www.aep.com/community/education/grants.  

If this is your first time using the AEP online application, please click the “New applicant” link, enter a valid email address, create, and enter a password, enter a federal tax ID number, and begin filling out the application.  When you are ready to save for later or to submit, click the appropriate link. Upon submission, an email confirmation with a link to your application will be sent to the email address you provided. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application was not saved or submitted.

If you have questions, please e-mail community@aep.com.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,100 employees serve more than 600,000 customers. More than 80% of its energy delivered in 2021 was emission-free. I&M has at its availability various sources of generation including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, more than 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 35 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,620 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP’s approximately 16,700 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to safely deliver reliable and affordable power to 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 31,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 7,100 megawatts of renewable energy. The company’s plans include growing its renewable generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2030. AEP is on track to reach an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieving net zero by 2045. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, which provides innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:                                       

Corey Ohlenkamp

Corporate Communications Rep



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