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The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools in
Eligible Regions for Programs that Benefit Local Communities

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Deadline Date:

01/08/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Michigan nonprofits, government agencies, and schools in eligible regions for programs and projects that benefit local communities. Funding is intended to support caregivers, encourage community biking and walkability, and promote youth sports programs in Southeast Michigan. In addition, grants are available to provide services to the residents of the five Grosse Pointe communities. In Southeast Michigan, counties of interest include: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston Counties.

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

  • Caregivers Fund: support for projects within southeast Michigan that assist caregivers of persons who are unable to fully care for themselves and are part of an underserved community, with a preference for requests to provide support to caregivers of older adults.
  • Design and Access Fund: support for projects in southeast Michigan that serve to increase the walkability and bikeability of local communities and/or increasing outdoor recreational activities within the region.
  • Youth Sports Fund: support for projects in southeast Michigan that bring high-quality sports programs to youth.
  • Grosse Pointe Community Assets Fund: support for 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 about the Funds, please see the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Projects that are innovative and fill critical community needs will be given the highest priority. In reviewing applications, the Foundation will consider the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on organizations and programming. Priority will be given to those organizations finding innovative ways to continue operations during this challenging time.

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

Requests may be for programming and/or capital costs. For Youth Sports, this may also include equipment requests. For Caregivers, this may also include medical equipment as a piece of a larger project scope.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184599

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. For example, if it is more beneficial to the proposed project to spread the grant over an 18- or 24-month period, please simply state that in the application.

Grants will be awarded for the time period of May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021.

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.

Organizations are limited to one application per funding category, but can apply to multiple funding categories.

No grants will be made to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on January 8, 2021.

Application Timeline:
- November 11, 2020 – Application Opens
- December 28, 2020 – Deadline to register in Fluxx, if you are not already registered.
- January 8, 2021, 5:00 PM – Application Deadline
- Late April 2021 – Grantee Award and Decline Notifications Will Be Sent; Funded Projects Can Begin
- May 2021 – Grants Will Be Announced Publicly

After reviewing the grant guidelines, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Community Foundation to discuss a proposed project before submitting a proposal.

Application process:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions regarding the Caregivers Fund, contact Melissa Kesterson at
For questions regarding the Design and Access Fund, contact Tom Woiwode.
For questions regarding the Youth Sports, contact Alana Glass.
For questions regarding the Grosse Pointe Community Assets Fund, contact Katie Brisson.

Online contact form:

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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USA: Michigan: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston Counties, and Grosse Point communities

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