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Community Growth Grants

As part of the Community Growth grant program that is made possible through Michigan's Regional Prosperity Initiative, Networks Northwest would like to announce a new grant opportunity for local units of government in our ten-county region of Northwest Michigan. 

Financial assistance grants of up to $25,000 are available on a competitive basis to city, village, township, and county governments from the ten-county (Networks Northwest/Prosperity Region #2) region for projects that implement strategies included in locally or regionally-adopted plans.  

The deadline to apply is September 10, 2018. Further details are included in the attachment below. 


City of Cadillac

Networks Northwest is assisting the Cadillac community with a study of the M-115/M-55 corridor. Click here for more information.

Mancelona Area

Networks Northwest is assisting the Village of Mancelona and Mancelona Township with the development on a community Master Plan. Click here for more information. 

Village of Elberta

Networks Northwest is assisting the Village of Elberta with its Master Plan update. The Village recently authorized distribution of their proposed Master Plan for review and comment. Click here for more information.

Wexford County

Networks Northwest is assisting Wexford County with an update to the County Recreation Plan. Click here for more information.
Framework for Our Future:  A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan

The Framework for Our Future: A Regional Prosperity Plan for Northwest Michigan is a regional resource for communities working to meet local goals. The Framework was developed, with participation from a broad range of community leaders, stakeholders, and the public, as part of Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative. It includes a wealth of information and tools that all parts of the community – the public, community leaders, businesses, nonprofits, public agencies, and statewide stakeholders – can use to supplement their local deliberation, planning, and decision-making processes. Click here for links to each of the Framework chapters, and for more information about RPI.



Recent Projects

Missaukee County Strategic Plan

The Missaukee County Board of Commissioners developed a strategic plan with assistance from Networks Northwest. The Plan is intended to guide decision-making and move the County towards its vision of a vibrant, prosperous community. Click here to view the Missaukee County Strategic Plan.

Village of Kalkaska Master Plan

The Village of Kalkaska Planning Commission created a master plan to guide future development according to the community’s priorities. The Master Plan was developed in collaboration with the Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Kalkaska County Library (Library), and Kalkaska County Parks and Recreation, with assistance from Networks Northwest. Click here to view the Village of Kalkaska Master Plan.







Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest

Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner