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Movement and community improvement

May 6, 2024 | By Emilie Jacques

Five recipients awarded 2024 Community & Recreational Facilities Grant

Copper Shores Community Health Foundation has awarded $81,683.20 to Copper Country institutions in response to its Community Recreation and Facilities Request for Proposals (RFP) that was released in January of 2024. This RFP is specifically addressing Copper Shores’ long-term sustainability goal of healthy living. Community health grants provide support for local activities or opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles which improve the overall health of a community. 

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Baraga State Park playground ($20,000)2024-05-5-Recreation-and-Facilities-Grant-Recipients-2024---Social-Media---OL--1x1-v3

The Michigan DNR is replacing the old playground equipment at the Baraga State Park with an expanded and upgraded playground. The playground will offer a safe place for children to recreate near the recently upgraded campground.

Calumet Township - Swedetown Chalet universal access & expansion ($35,000)

Calumet Township is expanding the Swedetown Chalet and making accessibility upgrades. As use of the chalet has increased, so has the need for more space, including accessibility on both the first and second floor.

Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools - Basketball for all ($14,962)

Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools is upgrading their outdoor basketball court after more than 20 years of use. As a vital piece of recreation equipment for the school and community, the upgrades will increase safety and playability.

Keweenaw Community Foundation - Ahmeek Ice Rink ($7,730.20)

The Keweenaw Community Foundation is upgrading the boards of the Ahmeek Ice Rink, an important place for recreation in Ahmeek and the surrounding area. The new boards will be safer than the ones currently in use, helping ensure the longevity of the rink.

CCISD Equipment Loans of the Keweenaw (ELK) - Inclusive hiking and biking ($3,991)

ELK is purchasing equipment made to help families with special needs get outdoors and back on trail. As infants and toddlers with mobility needs outgrow their parent's ability to carry them, they may not be able to enjoy the outdoors like they once did. Special equipment loaned from ELK allows children and small adults to be pulled safely on non-motorized terrains.

To learn more about other granting opportunities through Copper Shoes Community Health Foundation, visit

Emilie Jacques

Emilie Jacques

"I graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Communication Studies, and a minor in Media Production. I love the outdoors and DnD." You can reach Emilie at