Request for Proposals:
Building Healthy Communities -
Greenspace Improvement Projects to Increase Physical Activity


The Health Department of Northwest Michigan invites eligible agencies and organizations to apply for up to $15,000 from this Greenspace Improvement Projects funding opportunity.

The Greenspace Improvement Projects Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks competitive proposals for the implementation of sustainable and equitable infrastructure, policy, and educational changes to public greenspaces, such as parks and trails, in order to create or enhance access to safe and enjoyable sites for physical activity in Northwest Michigan. By improving the aesthetics, accessibility, and safety of public greenspaces, the project aims to increase the percentage of individuals who meet federal physical activity guidelines, ultimately reducing poor health outcomes and health disparities in Michigan.

RFP Deadlines:
 
Issue Date       Monday, November 26, 2018
 
Letter of Intent Due       Friday, December 14, 2018
 
Application Information Conference Call       Monday, December 17th from 1 to 2 pm
(RSVP by Friday, December 14th)
 
Submission Deadline       Friday, January 4th

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Eligible sites include parks, trails, and other public greenspaces with existing infrastructure, such as playground equipment, walking paths, etc. New public greenspaces that will be developed in 2019 with existing funds are also eligible to apply.

2. Eligible applicants include any department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality of a local government. Other eligible applicants include public school districts, Indian Tribal organizations, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

3. Greenspace sites must be open and free for the public. Funds will not be awarded to sites that collect money for greenspace use.

4. Greenspace sites in the following counties are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity:

› Emmet
› Charlevoix
› Antrim
› Otsego
› Kalkaska
› Grand Traverse
› Benzie
› Leelanau
› Missaukee
› Wexford
› Manistee

These counties were selected based on rates of obesity, rates of physical activity, and existence of ongoing chronic disease interventions.

5. Applicants must be financially and managerially responsible for the proposed greenspace.

6. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to implement and sustain proposed site changes.

7. Applicants must demonstrate the willingness and capacity to implement educational programming (e.g. a walking group) on their own OR in partnership with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and mParks Recreation & Park Association.

8. Applicants are permitted to apply for funds to enhance ONE (1) public greenspace.


Please download our RFP to review grant details and application instructions.