Connecting Communities is a competitive grant program that provides supplemental funding for the development of non-motorized trails or similar projects.
Projects should support the Parks and Recreation Commission’s primary goal of providing valuable, non-motorized connections between communities and activity centers thus offering a healthy alternative for recreation, transportation, fitness, and energy conservation.
The program is open to all municipalities and public entities in Washtenaw County.
WCPARC is now accepting grant applications for 2021. Submissions are due by 5:00 PM, August 31, 2021.
Interested applicants should review the program criteria found in the application package below. Community representatives are encouraged to notify us of their intent to apply and discuss potential projects. All projects will be scored competitively due to the limited amount of funding available. Projects that are awarded funding will be announced in the fall.
For more information, please call WCPARC staff at (734) 971-6337.
Connecting Communities Background
The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) is a proponent of the development of non-motorized trails within the community. In order to maximize its resources and assist communities with their own trail projects, the WCPARC initially made available up to $600,000 each year during the 2010 to 2014 period ($3 million in total) toward the cost of eligible projects. By the end of 2014, 15 projects were awarded to 10 different communities.
In 2016, the residents of Washtenaw County passed a four-year Road and Trails Millage of which 20% will be allocated to WCPARC for the development of non-motorized trails, including the Border-to-Border Trail. The Parks and Recreation Commission voted to use 1/3 of its allocation to reinstate the Connecting Communities initiative. The Millage was renewed for another four years in 2020, therefore the Connecting Communities program will remain active through at least 2024.