Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.
Application Process

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds were created to provide permanent, endowed support for programs and initiatives that reflect the personal passions of Mr. Wilson.

Applications are Currently Closed


The grants made from these Community Foundation-based Funds are distinct from the grants made by the separate Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

In most cases, the grants made from the Legacy Funds serve to support very localized projects across the seven-county region for which a small grant can make all the difference.

In some cases, it may also provide an opportunity to test out ideas and programs on a smaller, pilot level.

Application Timeline

  • October 3, 2022 – Application Opens
  • October 20, 2022, 3 p.m. – Virtual Informational Webinar Watch Webinar Recording
  • December 3, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to register in Fluxx, if you are not already registered.
  • December 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – Application Deadline
  • Late April 2023 – Grantee Award and Decline Notifications Will Be Sent; Funded Projects Can Begin
  • May 2023 – Grants Will Be Announced Publicly

Applications are Closed!

Review the Grantmaking Guidelines and Application Checklist

Each of the Wilson Legacy Funds has unique interests.  Please review the Grantmaking Guidelines and application checklist to learn the key facts, and to get answers to our more frequently asked questions.

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

Watch Virtual Information Session

The Program team held an information session on October 20 via Zoom on the four funds and the grant application process.

For questions regarding the Caregivers Fund, contact Mary Clark

For questions regarding the Design and Access Fund, contact Greg Yankee

For questions regarding the Youth Sports, contact Alana Glass

For questions regarding the Grosse Pointe Community Assets Fund, contact Katie Brisson


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