Summer Fun & Fitness: Active Living Mini-Grants Announced

The Active Living Detroit Mini-Grant Program provides small grants ($500 to $1,000) to organizations that promote activity friendly environments throughout Detroit. It strives to support a range of projects that are geographically distributed throughout the city – all of which promote physical activity and environments that support active living.

TF2 Pic 3 copyThe program is jointly sponsored by Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative and Healthy Environments Partnership.

This year, a total of $13,000 in grants were awarded to the following 16 projects:


I Feel Movement will offer a meditation and gardening summer program for grandparents and their grandchildren. (JODA Jewels Consulting)

Opening Day for Neighborhood Way of the Grandmont Rosedale Greenway will promote destination points along the Grandmont Rosedale Greenway. (Grandmont Rosedale Development)


Kids in the Park: Explore, Experience, Achieve will encourage wellness through bicycling, community engagement, gardening, and healthy eating. (Eight Mile Community Organization)Learning healthy eating- Leland 2015


Nolan Fierce Gardeners will engage middle school students in gardening and promote entrepreneurship by selling student-grown produce at Eastern Market. (BE Culturally Exposed)

Food, Fitness and Photography will engage youth in gardening, healthy food education, and exercise; a photography mural will be created at the end of the program. (Youth Community Agency)


BikeVON Bicycle Rodeo will offer an interactive beginner cycling program for adults and children ages five and up. (BikeVON)

Chandler Park Ninja Warrior will engage youth in obstacle course training as a form of fun exercise. (Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Strategy)

HEALTHY-PIC Sports Lending Library will offer basic equipment (for tennis, basketball, football, baseball, and soccer) to Villages at Parkside youth to take advantage of new and existing amenities in Chandler Park. HEALTHY-PIC stands for Helping to Encourage Activities by Lending Things to Healthy Youth Play In Chandler Park. (Friends of Parkside)

Free Riders Community Park will offer a gardening program that allows senior citizens an accessible location to grow healthy food and exercise. (Free Riders Community & Youth Outreach)


Michigan Women’s Wellness Workshop will encourage healthier lifestyles through exercise and meditation. (Fit in 8 Program)


Vacant Lot Habitat will transform a vacant lot into a natural wildlife habitat for birds, bats, and butterflies and include the construction and installation of a birdhouse. (Urban Neighborhood Initiatives)

Tiny Tigers Karate Summer Program will offer a summer karate program for children ages four to six years. (Physical Fitness with Robert)

MCSDA Break Life will engage youth in physical activity through break dancing. (Motor City Street Dance Academy-MCSDA)


Walk [Wayne State] Expansion will install signage around the Wayne State University campus to encourage walking and biking as forms of healthy transportation. (WSU Office of Economic Development)

Kids Talk CAC Annual Community Picnic will promote nutrition among youth and wrap up with a community celebration. (Kids TALK Children’s Advocacy Center)

Detroit Horseback Riding Camp will engage youth in learning about riding and caring for horses. (Detroit Horse Power)

The grantees have until December 1 to implement their projects. DFFC will be showcasing some of these programs and projects throughout the summer and fall.


2 Responses to Summer Fun & Fitness: Active Living Mini-Grants Announced

  1. Michael Michael says:

    I find the concept of this to be smart. No money seems to have been wasted and the projects are scattered.

  2. Kendra Kendra says:

    $13,000 is a small price to pay for the health benefits you’ve given these communities. Great work, and thank-you for reaching out to those in need!

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