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Brooksie Way Minigrant

Grants to Oakland County, Michigan Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies for Nutrition and Active Lifestyle Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Oakland County, Michigan nonprofits, schools, groups, and communities for programs and events that improve the quality of life for local residents. Funding is specifically intended for projects in the areas of health, wellness, and fitness activities. Preference will be given to organizations that have sustainable programs with continuing impact.

The Brooksie Way minigrants are designed to fund new initiatives and start-up programs – not to provide continuous funding of existing projects or programs. An organization that has received a minigrant can apply for another grant as long as it is for a different project or program.

The Brooksie Way minigrant program encourages innovative ideas, such as:
- Community walking programs
- Swimming clubs or senior/youth swimming programs
- Activities for students outside of the school curriculum
- Neighborhood or association sport activities, such as basketball, soccer, baseball, football, etc.
- Nutritional education programs paired with low-cost exercise, like walking or running
- Community or senior centers offering new physical fitness programs
- Purchase of sports or athletic equipment for underserved in the community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175834

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $2,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local communities, groups, schools and nonprofit agencies operating in Oakland County that engage in a fitness, activity-related or healthy living project or event that targets Oakland County residents can apply for minigrants.

Events must take place within Oakland County.

Minigrants cannot be used to pay for salaries or general expenses.

Ineligible projects:
- Capital expenses, such as construction, renovation, purchase of a facility, etc.
- School teacher salaries, in-service, released time or school administrative costs
- K-12, college or university faculty, payments to students for school-related activities or projects
- Consultants who are members of the applicant’s staff or board
- Existing deficits, licensing fees, fines, penalties, interest or litigation
- Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment
- Fundraising or allocations to endowment or other restricted funds
- Funds which the applicant would re-grant to other organizations
- Operating costs not directly associated with the project
- Other purposes not consistent with the Brooksie Way mission

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
Round 1 – March 9
Minigrants Awarded:
Tuesday, April 24, location TBA
Round 2 – Aug. 1
Wednesday, Sept. 19, Brooksie Way VIP reception, location TBA

An original and five copies (total of six sets) of the application form, budget and organizational profile must be submitted together as an application packet.

The person listed on the application as the organization’s contact will receive a telephone call if you have been chosen to receive a minigrant. If your project was not chosen to receive funding, you will receive notification by email.

Contact Information:

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

Mail your completed application packets to:
The Brooksie Way Minigrant Committee
Attn: Jenna Kearns
PO Box 81576
Rochester, MI 48308

Please direct inquiries to Shelley Wyant, Chair of the Brooksie Way Minigrant Committee at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Oakland County