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DNR Spark Grant Awards

Grant Awards

CMF, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced in July of 2024 it awarded $24.2 million to date through the CMF/DNR Spark Grant program to 29 Michigan communities whose economic opportunities and public health were hardest hit by COVID-19.

Grant funds will be used to create, renovate or redevelop community informed public recreation opportunities in each of the following communities: 

ApplicantProject TitleRegional Collaborative LeadProject CountyGrant Award Amount
Benton Charter TownshipEuclid Adventure ParkBerrien Community FoundationBerrien$1,000,000
Buena Vista Charter TownshipKueffner Park Rewilding and ImprovementsSaginaw Community FoundationSaginaw$891,300
City of BeavertonCity of Beaverton - Trail of Two Cities Pathway ConnectorClare County Community FoundationGladwin$769,500
City of Center LineMemorial Park ImprovementsCommunity Foundation for Southeast MichiganMacomb$899,100
City of EcorsePepper Park Splash Pad - EcorseCommunity Foundation for Southeast MichiganWayne$973,300
City of EvartRiverside West Park & Campground Bathroom/Bathhouse UpgradesFremont Area Community FoundationOsceola$575,000
City of GraylingRayburn Community Connector ProjectCommunity Foundation for Northeast MichiganCrawford$713,000
City of HamtramckHamtramck Alleyway ProjectCommunity Foundation for Southeast MichiganWayne$891,300
City of HarrisonHarrison City Park ImprovementsClare County Community FoundationClare$757,500
City of HartfordEly Park ImprovementsSouth Haven Area Community FoundationVan Buren$869,900
City of Hazel ParkCity of Hazel Park Community Meeting Space Project (Pole Barn Rehab Project)Community Foundation for Southeast MichiganOakland$575,000
City of Highland ParkCity of Highland Park - Ives Park Recreation EnhancementsCommunity Foundation for Southeast MichiganWayne$982,700
City of InksterWheatley Park ImprovementsCommunity Foundation for Southeast Michigan Wayne$977,500
City of JacksonMartin Luther King Jr. Playground and Pavillion ProjectJackson Community FoundationJackson$663,600
City of MelvindaleKessey Fieldhouse Boat Launch and Dock Capital Improvement PlanCommunity Foundation for Southeast MichiganWayne$690,000
Mount Morris Consolidated SchoolsRonald Batterbee Memorial Park Improvement ProjectCommunity Foundation of Greater FlintGenesee$867,800
City of Muskegon HeightsMuskegon Heights Rowan Park Redevelopment Project - Splash PadCommunity Foundation for Muskegon CountyMuskegon$948,800
City of OnawayCity of Onaway Trailhead ProjectCommunity Foundation for Northeast MichiganPresque Isle$749,100
City of PontiacCity of Pontiac Galloway Lake Park Redevelopment ProjectCommunity Foundation for Southeast MichiganOakland$772,700
City of River RougeMemorial Park Improvement PlanCommunity Foundation for Southeast MichiganWayne$917,400
City of SaginawSaginaw Iron Belle Trail ImprovementsSaginaw Community FoundationSaginaw$862,500
City of StandishStandish Nature Trail and ParkBay Area Community FoundationArenac$958,500
City of White CloudSmith Park ImprovementsFremont Area Community FoundationNewaygo$867,600
Hamilton TownshipHamilton Township Park: New ConstructionClare County Community FoundationClare$906,200
Hayes Township (Clare County)Hayes Township Recreation ComplexClare County Community FoundationClare$722,500
Imlay CityLions Park ImprovementsLapeer County Community FoundationLapeer$790,800
Lincoln TownshipFind Your Joy at Shingle Lake ParkClare County Community FoundationClare$772,700
Royal Oak Charter TownshipCivic Center Park Redevelopment ProjectCommunity Foundation for Southeast MichiganOakland$979,100
Village of BaldwinVillage of Baldwin Hollister Park Improvements ProjectFremont Area Community FoundationLake$908,700