Community Grant Program

When the Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) millage passed by voters in November 2020, the OCPR Commission was looking for ways to not only improve and expand our existing parks, but to support local community recreation. The OCPR Grant Community Program was created to assist local communities with planning, preliminary engineering/design, and construction costs directly related to park improvement and trail projects located in Oakland County.

UPDATE (November 14, 2022): Due to internal budget timing, we will be adjusting the schedule for the 2023 grant program.  We anticipate releasing a Request for Proposals for 2023 in February, shifting the grant program by a few months, with applications being due early spring.  Please check back after the New Year for updates.  We will reach out to all communities in the county when the RFP is released to ensure that everyone is notified.

Program Goals


Fund trail planning/design/engineering (pre-development) as well as development/construction, with a priority of closing gaps and/or making connections to planned trail networks and systems within Oakland County. Projects should fill gaps, connect key locations or existing pathways, or otherwise be part of a larger trail planning effort. No stand-alone projects will be considered unless they are part of a larger coordinated effort. Trail projects within a park facility may be eligible for the OCPR Park Improvements grant program. "Trail Project" is defined as: a non-motorized trail, path, pathway, shared-use path, pathway connector, on-road bike facility or water trail and trail-related amenities including, but not limited to, trailheads, pedestrian-activated traffic control devices, bike racks, bike repair stations, wayfinding signs, bridges, boardwalks, tunnels and benches.

Park Improvements

Fund city, village, or township park planning/design/engineering projects (pre-development) as well as development/construction of projects that promote and provide public outdoor recreation opportunities. "Park Improvements" are defined as: projects that create new park facilities or renovate existing park facilities and must promote or involve fishing, hunting, beaches, boating access, picnic areas, winter sports areas, playground equipment, ball fields, court sports, skate parks, sports fields, disc golf, park trails, spray parks/splash pads, or support/improve the user experience, including, but not limited to, nature interpretive buildings, visitor centers, restrooms, trailheads, parking areas or maintenance/equipment storage buildings.


  • Grant Projects must be located in Oakland County, Michigan.
  • The Grant application must be submitted by a city, village or township in Oakland County. The State of Michigan, school districts, regional authorities, federally recognized Native American tribes, colleges, universities, private recreation providers, land conservancies and conservation districts are NOT eligible.

For more details, please see the 2022 Grant Program Guidance book. 

NOTE: the guidelines may change for the 2023 program, but the above document may provide useful information in terms of the type of information we are looking for in a grant request.

Grant Program Guidance and Additional Information

Grant Program Guidance
Trailways Grant Program Scoring
Park Improvement Grant Program Scoring
Park and Trail Grant Programs Available to Oakland County Communities

Community Grant Programs Webinar


​Donna Folland
Supervisor – Planning & Resource Development

​Melissa Prowse
Manager – Planning & Community Services