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Our community is growing, and changemakers are building infrastructure and initiatives that help our neighbors thrive.

A community asset is anything that improves the quality of life in our region: infrastructure like housing and transportation; clean energy and water; arts and culture; accessible recreation; healthy food, and more.

True community assets are available to everyone. We get excited about projects that are designed to be inclusive to all, or make existing programs more widely available. Considering accessibility in construction, fee structures, and institutional norms are a few ways to be more inclusive when you’re building something for the community.

By working with others, we can create assets that best meet the needs of our region. Prioritizing citizen involvement in visioning, design and implementation gives projects lasting power. And establishing smart partnerships helps teams make the best use of what our community has.


by Miriam
With the support of a $50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities grant, the nonprofit Bay Community Theatre plans to replace outdated and crumbling infrastructure and provide engaging experiences for the community with a keen interest in accessibility and affordability.


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by Miriam
A $50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities grant will support a collaborative effort to re-route the North Country Trail through downtown Kalkaska and create a non-motorized accessible trailhead and boardwalk along the Boardman River.

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by Miriam
Kalkaska village officials are leading an effort to honor the town's history and revitalize the downtown.

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by Miriam
A group of Northern Michigan nonprofit organizations and a coalition of food pantries are working collaboratively to tackle food insecurity by going upstream to address its root causes.

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by Miriam
As the deadline to apply for our Fall 2021 Grant Cycle approaches, we're sharing some resources that may be helpful as you submit your application.

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by Miriam
Grow Benzie's Benzie Hive initiative will provide partner organizations and networks with tools and resources to help them collaborate and serve the community.

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