Waterford, Michigan -- The Brooksie Way Minigrant program is accepting grant applications to fund projects that support the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles. The application deadline is Aug. 1 for health and fitness programs that take place from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Local communities and non-profit agencies operating in Oakland County can apply for funding. The maximum award is $2,000.
"Brooksie Way Minigrant programs are already at work in communities throughout Oakland County," County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "These programs are helping improve the health and wellness of our residents while improving the quality of life in Oakland County."
Nine Oakland County projects - which range from helping fund a therapeutic horseback riding program for special needs children and a summer camp to helping create a vegetable garden for senior citizens - were among the first in April to receiving funding through the Brooksie Way Minigrant program. A total of $7,725 was distributed to these inaugural minigrant programs.
The Brooksie Way is an annual half marathon and 5K race named in honor of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father and son of the county executive, who died after an accident in 2007. The 13.1-mile half marathon, which is partnership between Oakland County and the Crim Fitness Foundation, is set for Oct. 3. It begins and ends at Oakland University.
Patterson created the Brooksie Way Minigrant program to use race proceeds to promote healthy, active lifestyles for Oakland County residents. Minigrants are awarded three times a year. Grant guidelines and applications are available on the Brooksie Way website, www.thebrooksieway.com. Grant applications are accepted and reviewed three times a year - April 1, Aug. 1 and Dec. 1.
Support from HealthPlus of Michigan helps make the minigrant program possible.
For further information contact Kristie Everett Zamora, grant coordinator at 248-858-0415.