Connecting Communities Grants
Connecting Communities is a competitive grant program that provides supplemental funding for the development of non-motorized trails or similar projects.
Projects should support the Parks and Recreation Commission’s primary goal of providing valuable, non-motorized connections between communities and activity centers thus offering a healthy alternative for recreation, transportation, fitness, and energy conservation.
The program is open to all municipalities and public entities in Washtenaw County.
How To Apply
We are pleased to announce the 2023 Connecting Communities grant cycle. Interested applicants should review the program criteria found in the application package below and notify the grant coordinator at [email protected] of your intent to apply by July 15. All projects will be scored competitively due to the limited amount of funding available. Projects that are awarded funding will be announced in the fall.
Connecting Communities Background
The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) is a proponent of the development of non-motorized trails within the community. In order to maximize its resources and assist communities with their own trail projects, WCPARC provides up to $600,000 in funding for planning and construction projects in Washtenaw County.
The Parks and Recreation Commission began the Connecting Communities initiative in 2010 with funding available until 2014. During that time, $3 million was awarded to eligible projects. In 2016, the residents of Washtenaw County passed a four-year Road and Trails Millage of which 20% is allocated to WCPARC for the development of non-motorized trails, including the Border to Border Trail. The Parks and Recreation Commission voted to use 1/3 of its allocation to reinstate the Connecting Communities initiative. The Millage was renewed for another four years in 2020, therefore the Connecting Communities program will remain active through at least 2024. As of 2023, more than 15 miles of trail have been constructed through the assistance of this program.
For more information, please call WCPARC staff at 734-971-6337.