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.

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 1, 2021 – Application Opens
  • December 1, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to register in Fluxx, if you are not already registered.
  • December 10, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – Application Deadline
  • Late April 2022 – Grantee Award and Decline Notifications Will Be Sent; Funded Projects Can Begin
  • May 2022 – Grants Will Be Announced Publicly

Steps To Apply


Important Note: If you think you will apply for a Wilson Legacy Fund grant, and are not already registered in our Fluxx system, you should go on the site now and register your organization. Registration only needs to happen once, but is required before you can submit an application. Contact our grants management team for any questions.

STEP 1: 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.

STEP 2: Start an Application

Once you’ve reviewed the grantmaking guidelines and spoken with a program officer, it’s time to start your grant application.

For questions regarding the Caregivers Fund, contact Melissa Kesterson

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


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