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Building Healthy Places: Creating Parks with Purpose



Building Healthy Places: Creating Parks with Purpose

The Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is pleased to announce the availability of funds to leverage the power of parks to improve community health in Eastern Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties through this request for proposals (RFP). mParks maintains a Physical Activity and Built Environment portfolio under its Health and Wellness strategic priority. Connecting public spaces to public health is focused on maximizing the multitude of greenspace assets to support and promote not just physical activity for good health, but mental wellbeing and community connection with a strong emphasis on equity and underserved communities.

Because community greenspace need far outpaces available resources, MDHHS engaged mParks to receive a Building Healthy Places grant to fund the implementation and evaluation of infrastructure, policy, and educational interventions in the Eastern Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties. These interventions are designed to prevent chronic diseases through community-based population health improvements that promote access to greenspace and physical activity amongst disparate population groups.

Communities are invited to apply for up to $10,000 to implement Infrastructure Grants or up to $4,400 to implement Physical Activity Grants, including policy and exercise opportunity enhancements that promote usage and access to increase physical activity in greenspaces.

Requests should be commensurate with the project scope and scale of potential community impact. Eligible projects will fall into two categories, with an optional addition:

  1. Infrastructure (10 sites awarded up to $10,000/site)
  2. Physical Activity Programming (5 sites awarded up to $4,400/site)
  3. Policy Enhancements (optional)

This grant aims to fund sustainable public greenspace improvements to create a lasting impact on the health of our communities. Applicants will be asked to authorize a statement confirming their capacity to sustain ownership of the enhanced greenspace, so that communities can benefit from the improvements for years to come.

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations and public entities serving Eastern Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties. Full proposals are due Friday, December 6, 2019 by 5:00pm.

An optional conference call information session will be hosted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 1:00 pm -2:00 pm. Click here to register. 

View RFP


Submission Deadline & Process:

To be considered for funding, full proposals must be received at mParks by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2019. Applicants may submit completed proposals via the form below; by email to; or by U.S mail or overnight carrier—provided it is received by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2019.

Please send brief letter of intent (optional) to by Monday, November 18, 2019.

Mail submissions must be addressed to:
Michigan Recreation and Park Association
P.O. Box 27609
Lansing, MI 48909

For additional assistance, please email questions to with the Subject Line “BHP RFP."