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Grants Available for Planning and Community-Based Projects

Two grant programs offered through Networks Northwest will help local units of government with planning or community-based projects. Both grant programs are part of the Regional Prosperity Initiative.

A total of $40,000 to a minimum of three communities is being made available on a competitive basis through the Community Crowdfunding Grants Program. Successful applications will garner public support for action-oriented projects through the crowd funding process and create a framework for sustainable and efficient growth and development by implementing local and regional strategies. Eligible activities include investments or improvements to parks, community buildings, public art, transportation enhancements, or other community-based projects that are aligned with local or regional goals and strategies. A one-to-one match amount is required. Successful grantees will have collected, or will commit to collecting, at least 50% of match from crowd funding. The Community Crowdfunding Grant Program is intended to strengthen our region by removing barriers and creating incentives for greater investment and development in our region’s potential investment centers.

The Partnership Planning Grants Program will provide up to five technical assistance planning grants on a competitive basis to city, village, township, and county governments from the ten-county Networks Northwest region for projects including master plans, recreation plans, or other planning projects/services. Local governments are expected to contribute at least 30% of the project costs in cash (higher match contributions may increase the success of an application). These dollars will go directly to support Networks Northwest staff time. The total project cost is not to exceed $30,000.

The deadline to apply for both grants is 4:00 p.m. on July 31, 2016.

Grant Information and Application Instructions


The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.

Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager