One of our mini-grant recipients has a great opportunity to garner more matching funds!

St. Anthony’s rock is just one of the many limestone formations, known as sea stacks, in the St. Ignace area. Following a minor fire, a retail structure was removed, revealing a perfect view of this natural wonder. Help us preserve this view for generations to come by donating to the St. Anthony’s Rock Pocket Park Project!


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). 


The 2016 funding cycle for the Community Development Mini-Grants has closed. please continue checking for the 2017 cycle.

The Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission (EUPRPDC) is excited to announce a new grant program that it will be administering in the 3-county region which it serves. Called Community Development Mini-Grants, the program will infuse $24,000 into the region, funding projects that aim to improve community placemaking efforts.

Funding for this effort comes to the Eastern Upper Peninsula from Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative. EUPRPDC successfully applied for Regional Prosperity Initiative grants in 2014 and 2015. These grants have been used to fund other EUPRPDC projects, including recreation planning technical assistance, videoconferencing equipment for sites in each county, broadband initiatives, and an Upper Peninsula-wide housing target market analysis.

At a minimum, EUPRDPC would like to see the $24,000 available for the program to be dispersed to 6 applicants. 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 is April 15th, 2016.

EUPRPDC believes this project can accomplish several goals in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. First, it will provide a much-needed funding source with a favorable match ratio. Second, it will help the region realize its vision as presented in Elevating the Eastern Upper Peninsula, the region’s economic development blueprint. Third, it will raise awareness of placemaking and its benefits. And last, it will have a positive impact on local economies by aiding the development of unique places.

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, April 15th, 2016
  • The Community Development Mini-Grants Review Committee will make a decision and notify grantees by Friday, April 29th, 2016.
  • Funding agreements will be signed by Friday, May 6th, 2016.

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

Grant applications are due by April 15th, 2016.

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-Grants application