Access to Recreation Awards More Than $2.4 Million in Support of Public Recreation Projects That Provide Universal Accessibility

Oct 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from Access to Recreation

    LANSING, Mich., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Five Michigan community
 foundations have been awarded matching grants that will allow them to work
 with local community partners to enhance and expand recreational facilities
 into fully accessible venues for people of all abilities. Recipients of the
 grants, the first community foundation grants awarded by the $15 million
 Access to Recreation project, include: Grand Traverse Regional Community
 Foundation, Greenville Area Community Foundation, Midland Area Community
 Foundation, Community Foundation of Monroe County, and Community Foundation
 for Southeast Michigan.
     Projects to be funded through the grants range from accessible pathways
 to canoes with outriggers to a sensory garden - all planned with the goal
 that all citizens be able to enjoy Michigan's many recreational activities
 and adventures. In addition to new and enhanced recreation facilities, each
 community will develop and fund an Access to Recreation endowment to
 strengthen and expand their commitment to universal accessibility.
     Access to Recreation, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and
 coordinated by the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures (MCFV), will
 provide a combination of challenge grants, technical assistance, and public
 education, resulting in recreation facilities that exceed current ADA
 standards. Project partners include the Michigan Recreation and Park
 Association Foundation (MRPA), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
 (DNR), and Midwest Community Foundations' Ventures (MCFV), a supporting
 organization of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF).
     "We are excited that these community foundations will be leading the
 way to achieve our collective goal of making accessible recreation
 available for all," said Rob Collier, CMF and MCFV president. "We expect
 that these communities will provide a road map that will be used not only
 by Michigan communities, but other Midwest states as well."
     The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) is a membership association
 of over 400 foundations and corporations making grants for charitable
 purposes, with a mission to strengthen, increase and promote philanthropy
 in Michigan. For more information on CMF and the work of Michigan
 foundations visit http://www.cmif.org.
     Midwest Community Foundations' Ventures (MCFV) supports collaborative
 activities by 135 community foundations operating in Illinois, Michigan and
 Ohio-nearly 16% of such foundations nationwide.
     Addition information on Access to Recreation and the grant-winning
 community foundation projects may be found at
 http://www.accesstorecreation.org.
 
 

SOURCE Access to Recreation
    LANSING, Mich., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Five Michigan community
 foundations have been awarded matching grants that will allow them to work
 with local community partners to enhance and expand recreational facilities
 into fully accessible venues for people of all abilities. Recipients of the
 grants, the first community foundation grants awarded by the $15 million
 Access to Recreation project, include: Grand Traverse Regional Community
 Foundation, Greenville Area Community Foundation, Midland Area Community
 Foundation, Community Foundation of Monroe County, and Community Foundation
 for Southeast Michigan.
     Projects to be funded through the grants range from accessible pathways
 to canoes with outriggers to a sensory garden - all planned with the goal
 that all citizens be able to enjoy Michigan's many recreational activities
 and adventures. In addition to new and enhanced recreation facilities, each
 community will develop and fund an Access to Recreation endowment to
 strengthen and expand their commitment to universal accessibility.
     Access to Recreation, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and
 coordinated by the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures (MCFV), will
 provide a combination of challenge grants, technical assistance, and public
 education, resulting in recreation facilities that exceed current ADA
 standards. Project partners include the Michigan Recreation and Park
 Association Foundation (MRPA), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
 (DNR), and Midwest Community Foundations' Ventures (MCFV), a supporting
 organization of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF).
     "We are excited that these community foundations will be leading the
 way to achieve our collective goal of making accessible recreation
 available for all," said Rob Collier, CMF and MCFV president. "We expect
 that these communities will provide a road map that will be used not only
 by Michigan communities, but other Midwest states as well."
     The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) is a membership association
 of over 400 foundations and corporations making grants for charitable
 purposes, with a mission to strengthen, increase and promote philanthropy
 in Michigan. For more information on CMF and the work of Michigan
 foundations visit http://www.cmif.org.
     Midwest Community Foundations' Ventures (MCFV) supports collaborative
 activities by 135 community foundations operating in Illinois, Michigan and
 Ohio-nearly 16% of such foundations nationwide.
     Addition information on Access to Recreation and the grant-winning
 community foundation projects may be found at
 http://www.accesstorecreation.org.
 
 SOURCE Access to Recreation