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Now accepting Community Recreation and Facilities proposals

January 4, 2024 | By Emilie Jacques

Copper Shores Community Health Foundation has released a request for proposals (RFP) focusing on community recreational facilities and resources. Up to $100,000 is available. Grant applications are due Monday, March 11, 2024. Application information can be found on the Copper Shores website.

In previous years this grant has been capped at $20,000 per application. There is no limit per application this year. An optional, but recommended, letter of inquiry (LOI) is due Thursday, February 1, 2024. In previous years the majority of grant recipients have completed the LOI. 

2024-01-03-Recreation-and-Facilities-Grant---Social-Advertising---OL--InstagramPrevious projects have included the installation of a rope tow in Covington Township, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades in the Swedetown Chalet, the purchase of sled hockey equipment to help establish an Equipment Loans of the Keweenaw team, accessibility and beautification improvements at Gabriel Chopp Park in Ahmeek, and many additional projects throughout Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties

This 2024 RFP is intended to address the need to support inclusion in proposed activities by providing equitable access for the broader community. Universal Design is the standard. Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. An environment (or any building, product or service in that environment) should be designed to meet the needs of all people who wish to use it. 

This is not a special requirement for the benefit of only a minority of the population, it is a fundamental condition of good design. If an environment is accessible, usable, convenient and a pleasure to use, everyone benefits. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all throughout the design process, universal design creates products, services and environments that meet peoples’ needs. Simply put, universal design is a good design.

This RFP is specifically addressing Copper Shores’ long-term sustainability goals of healthy living. Community health grants provide support for activities or opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles which improve the overall health of a community. 

Applications for the RFP are due Monday, March 11. Contact Copper Shores at (906) 523-5920 or with any questions or for assistance with the application. Learn more about the granting process at Copper Shores Community Health Foundation and start your application by visiting

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