Building Healthy Communities with Grantmaking



The GRHF strives to inspire community-based health initiatives that align with the Foundation's mission and vision. We also value the broad definition of health, believing there is much more to health than health care. Health is influenced by many factors, including socioeconomic conditions, the built environment, education, income and individual behavior choices – factors that are known as the Social Determinants of Health.


We believe that our greatest opportunity is our ability to partner with state and local entities to leverage funds resulting in greater impact. Therefore, the GRHF is making efforts to strategically focus on the areas of health that have a large, sustainable impact on the health of the Gogebic Range while also aligning our priorities with local and regional efforts.


Our focus area for the upcoming funding cycle (November 2020) is on enhancing the opportunities to walk and bike in our communities. Our goal this funding year includes increasing the number of trail users and increasing accessibility of trails.  We know from research that walk-able and bike-able communities have better economic and health outcomes overall. The Center for Active Design, an international nonprofit organization that promotes infrastructure which supports healthy living, states that people are more likely to walk, socialize and make better food choices when they have access to sidewalks, parks, gathering spaces and grocery stores that support healthy behavior.


Organizations and entities are encouraged to apply for funding to support projects that enhance use and access to area trails. Requests at or under $2,000 may include proposals for planning, initial phases of multiphase projects and smaller implementation projects. Requests over $10,000 may include infrastructure projects. Examples of eligible projects include: (Small grants are considered anything at $2,000 or less and large grant are considered over $2,000.)

  • Development of new or improvements made to existing bikeways and walkways that increase mobility, access, or safety of non-motorized users.

  • Connector trails from neighborhoods and parks to regional non-motorized trails.  

  • Trail heads or bike parking at grocery stores, farmers markets, places of employment, schools, downtowns, parks and other public community facilities.

  • Trail amenities that enhance the use of the trail network during summer and winter months (e.g., landscaping, active rest stops, benches, bike repair stands, rest stations with bathrooms and drinking fountains, interpretative signage, warming stations for winter use.)

  • Installations of devices that improve trail accessibility and safety (e.g., signage, crosswalks, lighting, other traffic control devices, etc.)

  • Land acquisition with an existing plan for trail development.

  • Safe Routes to School projects that improve safety of children walking and biking to school.

  • Equipment necessary for maintenance or grooming that will increase usage of existing non-motorized trails.

Preference will be given to proposals which meet the following criteria


  • Committed matching dollars

  • Need for a local match to obtain other funding

  • Aligns with the GRHF mission and stated priorities

  • Appropriateness of proposed budget

  • Evidence of collaboration and community engagement

  • Evidence of regional impact

  • Project objectives are obtainable

  • Sustainability is integrated into the project

Large Grants

Requests for funds over $2,000.00


Please read the complete Grant Information Sheet. A PDF of the document is available for download below.


As part of the application process you will need to include a Letter of Intent with your proposal. The LOI can be accessed on our website and will include basic information about the applying organization, an overview of the project with proposed goals and detailing alignment with the Gogebic Range Health Foundation.


LOIs will be evaluated with the full application to determine alignment and funding capacity. LOI's should be submitted by Friday October 23rd for feedback on  your project from our team. Full proposal requirements will be available under the grants tab on our website. All full proposals must be submitted on or before the Proposal Deadline by 5:00pm Central on November 6th, 2020. The application and all requested information must be complete at the time of submission to be considered in the current grant review cycle. Proposals should be submitted via the form on our website or email at


Application Requirements: (Applications and forms can be found under the grants tab)

  • Letter of Intent - Available under the grants tab

  • Completed Application – Available under grants tab

  • Detailed Budget – Available under grants tab

  • Program Plan – Available under grants tab

  • Letters of support – Please include letters (two for large grant, one for small grant) of support from collaborating organizations or entities that will be impacted by your proposed project. Letters of support must be submitted with the final applications.


Grant Information Sheet 

Letter of Intent

Small Grant Application

Large Grant Application

E6112 Bluffview Rd.

Ironwood, MI 49938

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