Applying for Grants
Maintenance grants between $50,000 and $400,000 are awarded to help ensure that developed trails and greenways provide the service that connects people and communities throughout the region.
Grant applications are due by March 31, 2020, by 5 p.m. EST, and grant decisions will be shared before the end of the July.
Who May Apply
Any 501(c)(3) public charity is eligible to apply, as well as any governmental agency, municipality or governmental unit (including school systems). In addition, innovative, collaborative combinations of the above, such as trail commissions, are eligible. Applicant organizations or entities must be located in, or serve, the seven counties of southeast Michigan. Any of the seven county governments within southeast Michigan may apply, as well as minor civil divisions, such as villages, towns, cities and townships.
In order to qualify for a grant, a project must be a part of or directly connected to one of the named primary regional trail corridors.
They currently include:
- The Joe Louis Greenway
- Iron Belle Trail, inclusive of the Detroit Riverfront and connections to and through West Riverfront Park
- Great Lake to Lake Trail
- Bridge to Bay Trail
- Downriver Linked Greenway
- I-275 Trail
- Belle Isle Loop Trail on Belle Isle
Before You Apply
We have a new online grants management system. If you think you will apply to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Trails Maintenance Fund, 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.