The 2017 application cycle is now closed. Check out the awarded organizations and projects below!


The Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission (EUPRPDC) is excited to announce the Community Development Mini-Grants,will continue to improve community placemaking efforts in 2017!

  • Funding for this effort comes to the Eastern Upper Peninsula from Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative.
  • Grant asks can range from $500 and $4,000.
  • EUPRPDC hopes that this project will inspire applicants to invest in their community development, but is not requiring a minimum match amount for this grant.
  • Those eligible to apply to the Community Development Mini-Grants program include county and municipal governments (city, village, and townships), downtown development authorities, economic development organizations, and non-profit community development organizations.
  • The deadline for applications was May 5th, 2017.

EUPRPDC intends for applicants to get creative with what they apply for. Projects like pedestrian plazas and walkways, parklets or mini-parks, wayfinding signage, playground improvements, and murals and public art are all examples of what the Community Development Mini-Grants program can be used for—though it is certainly not limited to those examples.

This will be a competitive grant process, with each application scored against a pre-determined rubric by a panel comprised of EUPRPDC staff as well as a representatives from Chippewa County, Luce County, and Mackinac County.

  • EUPRPDC will accept grant applications until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd, 2017
  • The Community Development Mini-Grants Review Committee will make a decision and notify grantees by the end of May.

Below is the grant application for the Community Development Mini-Grants.

Grant applications are due by 5:00 p.m. May 5th, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Bolen by phone (906.635.1581 x 118) or by email (

Once you have completed the application (the PDF is fillable, but you may also print it off and fill it out by hand), please return it to EUPRPDC in one of three ways:

  • Emailing it to Rebecca Bolen (
  • Faxing it to 906.635.9582
  • Mailing it to 1118 E. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Community Development Mini-Grant Application

Completed projects from the 2016 round: 

In 2017 a total of $40,000 was awarded to fifteen applicants, and over $80,000 leveraged in cash and in-kind match.

The projects, which according to grant guidelines, are intended to adhere to Place-Making principals, attest to the recreational and outdoor nature of the communities of our region. The Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Ignace will be developing an outdoor sculpture garden on their grounds. Ballfields managed by Luce County and Bay Mills Indian Community will see improvements, the City of Mackinac Island Recreation Department will build an ADA accessible path to Great Turtle Park, and Three Lakes Academy will continue to improve their Community Orchard and Outdoor Classroom.

More park improvements will happen this summer in Trout Lake, DeTour, and Raber Townships.  Garfield and Kinross Townships will be purchasing playground equipment with their awards. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority will partner to create a new mini-park in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Water access around the region will improve as well, particularly for paddlers in Clark Township and the City of St. Ignace.


Completeimg_20161013_152419900d projects from the 2016 round: 


The Trout Lake Pride Organization successfully applied for funds to construct a memorial pavilion in the downtown park. A legacy gift was made by the family of Robert “Bob” Simpson, and this space will provide a seat for quiet reflection and family picnics alike (pictured right).

The Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Igance rebuilt their long house, our assistance allowed them to hire a craftsmen to finish the doors, but most of the work was completed by volunteers!

New signs were installed at The Hessel School House and Avery Arts and Nature Learning Center.

The students at Three Lakes Academy in Curtis planted a reading tree near the new well which serves the community orchard (pictured left).