Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Trails Maintenance Fund

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 be managed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan 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.

In 2021, the Community Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation will provide its second round of grant awards for projects that meet the grant guidelines.

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Grant applications are due by April 1, 2021 by 5 p.m. EST, and grant decisions will be shared before the end of July. When applying choose “Special Opportunities or Initiatives” and then “Wilson Trails Maintenance Initiative” as the application type.

Important Note: We have a new online grants management system. If you think you will apply to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation 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.

For program related questions, please contact Tom Woiwode, Director, GreenWays Initiative, at .

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