Michigan Regional Prosperity Initiative - Community Growth Grants Program
Building on the success of the New Designs for Growth Community Growth Grants Program, the Regional Prosperity Initiative’s Community Growth Grants Program represents a geographic expansion to include all of northwest lower Michigan. These counties include Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties. This grant program is one component of northwest lower Michigan’s response to the Governor’s state-wide Regional Prosperity Initiative that was signed into law as a part of the FY 2014 budget (59 PA 2013). The Regional Prosperity Initiative’s goal is to encourage local private, public and non-profit partners to create vibrant regional economies through collaboration and local decision making.
The Regional Prosperity Initiative Community Growth Grants Program is intended to strengthen our region by removing barriers and creating incentives for greater public and private sector investment in our region. Successful projects will create the conditions for sustainable and efficient growth and development by implementing strategies that are consistent with local values, community goals, and help to build a more robust regional economy.
Project Application and Selection
- Purpose Statement. Summarize the purpose of the project.
- Background and Need. Why did you to apply for this grant? What is the need for this activity?
- Project Goals and Activities. In a brief statement, please identify the project goals. What do you hope to achieve? What activities will be completed to meet the community’s needs? Who will complete the work?
- Participant Information. Describe your community’s organizational structure, including staff capacity and leadership. Who are the partners and how will they participate in the project?
- Project Area. Please provide a brief description of the project. Maps and conceptual drawings do not count towards page count.
- Project Commitment. The proposal must include a commitment to provide either cash or in-kind match within one month of project start-up, as well as participate in and/or reporting to the Northwest Prosperity Region’s Growth and Investment Working group.
- Innovation. Does your program/project incorporate a new approach or methodology?
- Community Impact. What will be different in the community if your project is successful? How will the outcomes of the project have a long-term community benefit?
- Performance Measures. How are the impacts of this activity measurable?
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
Attn: Scott Gest, Regional Planner
PO Box 506
Traverse City, MI 49685
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