Empowering Michigan Communities Through Sustainable Trail Development!

October 17, 2023

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) is thrilled to announce a transformative grant of $51,060 from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. This significant financial support will be spread over two years and will bolster MTGA’s capacity-building and development program, aimed at equipping communities across Michigan to develop and maintain trails in a sustainable manner.

As the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, MTGA has been at the forefront of helping people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. This generous grant from the Community Foundation will enable us to continue and expand our vital work in facilitating the creation and maintenance of trails that enhance the well-being and connectivity of communities statewide.

The grant will amplify MTGA’s efforts for capacity-building initiatives, ensuring that local communities have access to the necessary resources, knowledge, and expertise needed to create and sustain trails that are environmentally responsible, accessible, and inclusive for all residents and visitors.

“We extend our gratitude to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan for their unwavering support,” said Andrea LaFontaine, Executive Director of Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “This grant is a game-changer that will allow us to empower communities throughout Michigan, enabling them to create and sustain trails that not only promote healthy living but also stimulate local economies and foster community cohesion.”

This grant marks a pivotal moment in the effort to expand and enhance Michigan’s non-motorized trail network. The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is eager to collaborate with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to bring about lasting, positive change for Michigan communities and the individuals who call them home.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.4 billion through more than 85,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.

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