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The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds

Grants to Southeast Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Caregiver Support, Recreation, Youth Sports, and Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Deadline Date:

01/11/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Southeast Michigan nonprofits organizations, government agencies, and schools for localized programs and projects that benefit the community. Funding is intended to provide support to caregivers, promote community bikeability, walkability, and outdoor recreational activities, further youth sports programs, and provide assistance to organizations that offer services to 5 Grosse Pointe, Michigan, communities. Grants may provide an opportunity to test out ideas and programs on a smaller, pilot level.

For the funds that serve southeast Michigan, counties of interest include: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston Counties. These funds are:

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 such as children with special needs, disabled adults and older adults who require caregiving. Projects supported through this fund should have a direct impact on caregivers. In addition, the Fund will consider grants to programs that provide emotional care and supportive services to cancer patients as well as their caregivers.

Design and Access Fund: Support from this Fund will be considered for pre-planning, development and construction costs of projects related to increasing the walkability and bikeability of local communities and increasing outdoor recreational activities within the region. This purpose aims to increase the health and quality of life of local residents of all ages. Waterways and greenways as well as recreation corridors are of interest. Neighborhood-specific projects will also be considered if they include significant community engagement and impact at the neighborhood level. It is a preference, but not a requirement that the projects incorporate green design, to be environmentally sustainable, and incorporate universal access design, to best serve people of all abilities.

Youth Sports Fund: Support from this Fund will provide opportunities for all children to be active through sport. Requests must address one of the following objectives:
- Ask kids what they want
- Reintroduce free play
- Encourage sports sampling
- Revitalize in-town leagues
- Think small
- Design for development
- Train all coaches
- Emphasize prevention.

These objectives link to the goals identified in the “State of Play Southeast Michigan” report.

The Gross Point Community Assets Fund supports projects of anchor nonprofit organizations that provide services and experience to residents of 5 Grosse Pointe communities.

Projects that are innovative and fill critical community needs will be given the highest priority. 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, but applicants may identify other time frames over which it would be more beneficial to spend the grant. Awards from the 2019 cycle will be distributed after May 31, 2019 for projects that begin and end during the time period of June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020.

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 PointePark, 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:

Application Timeline:
January 11, 2019: Application deadline! Completed proposals must be submitted online by 11:59 PM.

Mid-May: Grant Award and Decline Letters Will Be Mailed to All Applicants.

June: Grants Will Be Publicly Announced and Funded Projects Can Begin.

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.

To begin the application process, click here to log in to the funding source's application portal:

Ryan Krueckeberg, Grants Manager

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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Geographic Focus:

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