Connecting Communities is a 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.
WCPARC is taking pre-proposal applications for the 2019 grant cycle until June 30, 2019.
Unlike previous rounds, interested applicants must submit a pre-proposal form to be eligible for funding. Once pre-proposals are reviewed, staff will meet with applicants to discuss project details. Afterwards, applicants may be invited to submit a grant application, which will be provided after the meeting. All projects will be scored on a competitive basis based on limited funding. Projects awarded funding will be announced in the fall.
For more information, please call WCPARC staff at (734) 971-6337.
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, the WCPARC initially made available up to $600,000 each year during the 2010 to 2014 period ($3 million in total) toward the cost of eligible projects. By the end of 2014, 15 projects were awarded to 10 different communities.
In 2016, the residents of Washtenaw County passed a four-year road and trails millage of which 20% will be 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 program is active from 2017 through 2020.