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GRANTS

Grant funding is a key resource for the Metroparks to increase accessibility, conserve and protect natural areas and wildlife, and improve recreational opportunities and public spaces. Huron-Clinton Metroparks and the Metroparks Foundation actively seek out and apply for grant funding throughout the year.

Since 2018, more than 70 grants have been awarded to the Metroparks, totaling over $9 million.

Grant funding will continue to be important for years to come as new projects and community needs are identified. Current grant projects are below.

Metroparks Grants

Explore the list of active grants and funding amounts.

Consumers Energy Foundation - $100,000

Restore the Huron River headwaters area of Indian Springs Metropark, including the Huron Swamp, West Wetland Complex and the Michigan Nature Association’s Timberland Swamp Nature Sanctuary through invasive species removal, tree plantings and native prairie/meadow plugs, and seed plantings. Click here to learn more about the Consumers Energy Foundation.

DTE Energy Foundation - $4,000

Funding for 22 trees at Hudson Mills Metroparks and three trees at Wolcott Mill Metropark.

Environment, Great Lakes & Energy - $348,816

Lake St. Clair Metropark – $300,000
This non-point source pollution grant is addressing avian sources of E. Coli at the beach by implementing acoustic bird deterrents and native plants to break up the birds sightlines. Regular water testing will be conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dexter-Huron, Delhi, Hudson Mills, Huron Meadows, Indian Springs, Kensington, Lake Erie, Lower Huron, Oakwoods & Willow Metroparks – $48,816
Added recycling bins for plastics to the Metroparks in Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.

GameTime/mParks - $5,104

Kensington Metropark will receive a new adult Fitness Trail.

Green Macomb - $6,750

Stony Creek Metropark – $3,000
Funding for 20 tree plantings.

Lake St. Clair Metroparks – $3,750
Funding for 25 tree plantings.

Land & Water Conservation Fund - $1,465,400

Lake St. Clair Metropark – $500,000
Provides a new boardwalk, accessible grills and picnic tables, native tree plantings, benches, and an accessible beach access to the Lake St. Clair beach.

Lower Huron Metropark – $300,000
Walnut Grove Campground improvements including adding seven ADA campsites with concrete pads, six new campsites, adding water and electrical hookups to all campsites, and accessibility improvements to nearby amenities.

Lower Huron Metropark – $165,400
Develop as off-leash dog area comprised of two fenced in areas for large and small dogs, a pet-friendly water bottle filling station, and other accessible amenities.

Stony Creek Metropark – $500,000
Provides accessibility improvements to the Reflection Trail and the Nature Center.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Iron Belle Trail Grant - $82,075

Iron Belle Trail design and engineering at Lower Huron Metropark.

Michigan Invasive Species Grant, EGLE - $30,000

Address early detection and the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), a Michigan watch list species.

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund - $1,092,700

Dexter-Huron Metropark – $192,700
Renovation of the launch site and picnic area for improved accessibility using universal design principles.

Lower Huron Metropark – $300,000
This project will extend the Iron Belle Trail within Lower Huron Metropark a half-mile to E. Huron Drive. The paved trail will be entirely accessible including safety improvements and native plantings.

Lake Erie Metropark – $300,000
Provide accessibility improvements to the Cherry Island Nature trails and its amenities.  Also, removes the land bridge and replaces it with a boardwalk that will allow for connectivity between the marsh and Lake Erie, as well as provide a pass through space for kayaks and canoes.

Delhi Metropark – $300,000
Renovation of the launch with a floating dock system, parking lot improvements, picnic area improvements, and livery building improvements, all to increase accessibility.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - $250,000

Improves habitat complexity, biodiversity, and connectivity of the Big Bend area of Willow Metropark to enhance climate resiliency.  The project includes removal of impermeable surfaces, extension and restoration of the native prairie, restoration of the eroded riverbank, the addition of river habitat structures, bio-swales, and addition/extension of a riparian buffer zone along the river.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - $1,449,609

The Metroparks are partnering with the Great Lakes Commission on the implementation of the project which includes softening of 1,200 feet of hardened shoreline and enhancing nearly two acres of Lake Erie coastal marsh by restoring shoreline habitat and creating a network of shallow pools and channels within the Metropark.

Renew MI, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy - $1,000,000

The Metroparks are partnering with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to assist with brownfield remediation activities at West Riverfront Park.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - $483,500

Implements green infrastructure measures (naturalized swales along park roads/parking area and rain gardens at the nature Center) across Lake Erie Metropark and provides restoration of the Wyandot Six Points property located just north of the park to help capture and filter stormwater runoff.

Metroparks Foundation Grants

Explore the list of active grants and funding amounts.

Anonymous Foundation - $10,000

Metroparks Interpretive Department provides Get Out And Learn (GOAL) offers scholarships to cover transportation for in-person field trips or outreach programs at southeast Michigan schools. 

Erb Foundation - $45,000

Improve water quality through the acquisition of Wayne County land parcels that can be developed for successful stormwater management through stormwater storage, stream buffers and naturalization.

Four County Community Fund - $10,000

Stony Creek Metropark – $5,000
Wolcott Mill Metropark – $5,000
Supports experiential learning for students in the Four County Community Foundation service area, through coverage of programming fees and transportation costs.

PNC - $7,500

Metroparks Interpretive Department provides free programs to early childhood education classes.

Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation - $2,682,755

Multi-use Trail Connectors – $1,782,750
Multi-use trail connectors including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Island Lake Trail project and matching funds for the Lower Huron Belle Trail extension.

Lake Erie, Lower Huron, Oakwoods, Willow Metroparks – $900,000
Outdoor recreation projects.

Russell Family Foundation/CFSEM - $42,100

Supporting a series of teacher workshops for educators, grades K-9, from underserved schools in Wayne County.

Young Foundation - $2,500

Metroparks Interpretive Department provides free programs to early childhood education classes.

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