Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Trails Maintenance Fund

Maintenance support to already developed trails and greenways.

As part of the 100th anniversary of Ralph Wilson Jr.’s birth and celebration of his legacy and community devotion, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation announced a $10 million endowment to support the maintenance of greenways throughout the southeast Michigan region.

The goal of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Trails Maintenance Fund is to provide maintenance support to already developed trails and greenways. Grants will be made to organizations working to solve extraordinary circumstances where a component of a trail or greenway requires some form of restoration or intervention to ensure it continues to function effectively, providing users with the recreation experience and community connectivity that was envisioned when the trail was developed.

Throughout southeast Michigan, there are currently more than 100 miles of existing greenways. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has become a national leader in greenways planning and advocacy, consulting with cities and regions throughout the United States about how to replicate our success through their own unique greenways systems.

In 2020, the Community Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation will provide its first grant awards for projects that meet the grant guidelines. For more information check out the grant guidelines here.

Trailways Q&A

  • Q: What are the sizes of grants you are preparing to provide?

A: Grants will range from $50,000 to $400,000.

  • Q: What is the grant timeline?

A: Grant applications are due by March 31, 2020, by 5 p.m. EST, and grant decisions will be shared before the end of July.

  • Q: How are grant decisions made?

A: Applications for Trails Maintenance grants are reviewed by an advisory committee made up of community leaders from throughout the region. Recommendations from the advisory committee are then submitted to the Community Foundation Board of Trustees for consideration and final determination.

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Tom Woiwode

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