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Recreation Passport Grant Program

Grants to Michigan Agencies and Schools to
Develop and Renovate Public Parks

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Grants to Michigan government agencies and school districts to enhance park amenities in local communities. Required documents must be submitted prior to the final deadline. Eligible projects must be accessible to the public. The purpose of funding is to develop local infrastructure and facilities or to provide opportunities for the public to participate in recreational activities.

The grant program may only be used for local development projects. The program is focused on renovating and improving existing facilities at parks, but the development of new facilities or parks is eligible. 

In addition, projects must fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible:

  • 5-Year Recreation Plan or Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) – All applicants must submit either a current, 5-Year Recreation Plan or a Capital Improvement Plan to the DNR to be eligible for applications. 
  • Site Control – The applicant must own, have a perpetual easement, or lease the project site. 
  • Accessible Design – It is required that the proposed project meet the accessibility requirements of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards; including all proposed recreation facilities, access routes from the proposed facilities to parking and relevant support facilities and for parking for users of the proposed facilities.

For details on long-term obligations and program requirements, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 143873

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $7,500 and the maximum grant amount is $150,000

Term of Contract:

• The grantee must begin the project within one year of the date the project agreement is issued and be completed within two years or the grant will be subject to forfeiture.
• The grantee may request an extension. The request must be made in MiGrants no later than 30 days prior to the expiration of the initial term allowed for project completion. The request must include justification for the delay in completion.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for a Recreation Passport grant, the applicant must be:
• A local unit of government, including cities, villages, townships, and counties, or any combination thereof, in which an authority is legally established to provide public recreation, such as:
- Regional recreation authorities formed under the Recreational Authorities Act, 2000, PA 321, or trailway commissions formed under Part 721, Michigan Trailways Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. If the authority was formed under different legislation, contact Grants Management.
- Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority.
• School districts are eligible to apply if they meet the requirements given in the “Guidelines for the Development of Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plans” (IC1924).

For ineligible projects, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted into MiRecGrants by April 1 each year.

Grant Schedule for 2021:
- January 2021: Application Period starts in MiGrants.
- February 1, 2021: Recreation plans and plan amendments must be submitted electronically in MiGrants by this date.
- April 1, 2021: Application due date. Application period closes in MiGrants.
- April 2021: Applicants will receive notifications with questions for explanation, clarification, and/or supplementation of information provided in the application.
- May – July 2021: Grants Management staff reviews all applications and conducts site visits.
- September 2021: Preliminary scores available to applicants. Supplemental period begins.
- September – October: Grants Management staff review supplemental materials and complete final score 2021 evaluations.
Recreation Passport Grant recommended projects are submitted to the DNR December 2021 Director for final recommendation.
- Early 2022: Project Agreements are issued in MiGrants.

No more than three Recreation Passport applications may be submitted for funding per year

At least 25 percent of the cost of the project is required as match from applicants.

This is a reimbursement program. All grants are paid as reimbursement for actual expenses (i.e. the community pays for the work and is then reimbursed at the percent, listed in the grant agreement, of the cost up to the grant amount).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For information or assistance on this publication,
Telephone: (517) 284-7268 (517-28-GRANT)
Fax: (517) 241-0013

If you have questions or are in need of assistance, please contact DNR Grants Management at 517-284-7268 or by emailing the appropriate grant coordinator or program manager (see

Christie Bayus: 517-284-5923,

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