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Recreation Passport Grants

Program objective

The objective for the program is to provide funding to local units for the development of public recreation facilities. This includes the development of new facilities and the renovation of old facilities.


Criteria emphasize renovations to existing facilities that have outlived their useful life expectancy. At least 25 percent of the cost of the project is required as match from applicants. Full criteria can be found in the application guidelines booklet.

Applicant eligibility

A local unit of government, including cities, villages, townships, and counties, or any combination thereof in which an authority is legally established to provide public recreation, or the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority or regional recreation authorities formed under the Recreational Authorities Act, 2000 PA 321, or trailway commissions formed under Part 721, Michigan Trailways Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

Application process

  • Submittal of the grant application in MiGrants
  • Evaluation by DNR staff
  • Recommendation by DNR staff to DNR Director
  • Approval by the DNR Director


Applications must be submitted into MiRecGrants by April 1 each year.


Grant award notification is expected to occur annually in December. Project agreements will be offered shortly after the award notification.

Dollar amount available

Development project minimum/maximum grant amount is $7,500 to $150,000.

Source of funds

Grants are funded through Recreation Passport revenue deposited in the Local Parks and Recreation Facilities Fund.


Part 19 of PA 451 of 1994, as amended.


Christie Bayus, Grants Management, at 517-242-8737 or or Grants management staff