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The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds


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Funding Source
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties, Grosse Pointe communities

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to benefit eligible communities. Funding is intended to support caregivers, encourage community biking and walkability, and promote youth sports programs in the Southeast Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston. In addition, grants are available to provide services to the residents of the five Grosse Pointe communities.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Funds support grants in four separate key areas that honor the lifetime interests of Mr. Wilson:

  • Caregivers Fund: The current goal of this Fund is to improve support for caregivers – whether paid or voluntary – through efforts that provide needed skills, resources, education and respite. Caregivers are those who look after dependent individuals who require caregiving.
  • Design & Access Fund: Support from this Fund will be considered for pre-planning, development and /or construction costs of projects related to increasing the walkability and bikeability of local communities and/or increasing outdoor recreational activities within the region. 
  • Youth Sports Fund: Support from this Fund provides opportunities for all children to be active through sport and recreation regardless of race, gender identity, ZIP code, or ability. Despite the well-documented long-term physical, social emotional and cognitive benefits, under-resourced communities offer fewer opportunities for daily access to physical activity. 
  • Grosse Pointe Community Assets Fund: This remains a broad yet competitive fund which supports projects of anchor nonprofit organizations that provide services and experiences to residents of the 5 Grosse Pointe communities, home to Mr. Wilson during his lifetime.

For additional information, see the guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below. 

Requests may be for programming, capacity building, and/or capital costs. For Youth Sports, this may also include equipment requests not supported by Good Sports.  For Caregivers, this may also include medical equipment as a piece of a larger project scope.

Projects that are innovative and fill critical community needs will be given the highest priority. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, school or government in southeast Michigan may apply for a grant from the Caregiving Fund, the Design & Access Fund, or the Youth Sports Fund. Southeast Michigan is defined as the 7 counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston.

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, school or government located in the 5 Grosse Pointe communities of Michigan, defined as the City of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores and Grosse Pointe Woods, may apply for a grant from the Grosse Pointe Community Assets Fund. In rare circumstances, organizations not located within the Grosse Pointes but serving their residents may also be considered.

No grants will be made to individuals.

Design and Access Fund: Large sports facilities are not of interest to this fund.

Low priority is given to requests for ongoing operational costs, capital campaigns, annual fund drives, conferences or other one-time events.

Pre-Application Information
- October 17, 2023 – Application Opens
- December 6, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to register in Fluxx, if you are not already registered.
- December 15, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – Application Deadline
- Late April 2024 – Grantee Award and Decline Notifications Will Be Sent; Funded Projects Can Begin
- May 2024 – Grants Will Be Announced Publicly

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Estimated Size of Grant
Individual grants from each of the funds will typically range between $10,000 – $25,000. Grants from the Access and Design Fund may be up to $50,000.

Term of Contract
Most grants will be for a 12-month period. However, applicants may identify other time frames that would be more beneficial to spend the grant over.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions regarding the Caregivers Fund, contact Mary Clark at
For questions regarding the Design and Access Fund, contact Greg Yankee at,
For questions regarding the Youth Sports, contact Alana Glass:
For questions regarding the Grosse Pointe Community Assets Fund, contact Katie Brisson:

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
333 W. Fort Street, Suite 2010
Detroit, MI 48226
Tel: 313-961-6675
Fax: 313-961-2886

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