Sports/Trails/Parks – Sand Volleyball Courts AND Ice Skating – In collaboration with Grass Lake Charter Township, a multi-use sand volleyball pit will be installed which will convert to a permanent ice rink in the winter months. The pit will be located at the Township Hall, in between two sports fields, allowing users to enjoy the lakeside setting.

Total Budget: $10,000


Safe Routes to School Phase 2 – Funds for infrastructure improvements will parallel a grant proposal to MDOT and the Michigan Fitness Foundation to promote walking and biking to school for almost 300 students who live within a 2-mile radius of two Grass Lake Schools.

Total Budget: $20,000


Outdoor Activity Boxes – Four semi-permanent shore boxes will be installed at locations around Grass Lake, filled with sports and activity equipment, guide books and other outdoor accessories, to encourage residents of all ages to actively explore new activities in our community during the spring, summer and fall months. This intervention is based on a similar library book loan concept which has increased in popularity over the past few years.

Total Budget: $1100


Marketing App Development – A user-friendly mobile app to promote all wellness events and activities in the community will assist in expanding our visibility and wellness exposure to local residents. This technology will assist in tracking participation numbers as well.

Total Budget: $400


Outdoor Yoga by the Lake – 5HF wellness center experts will be tapped to host Yoga by the Lake, an outdoor weekly free yoga class open to all residents in July and August. The Village of Grass Lake and Jackson County will also collaborate on this fitness project.

Total Budget: $1000


Healthy Eating Classes – In collaboration with the Jackson District Library, healthy eating classes focusing on food preparation, shopping tips and seasonal whole foods will be provided monthly to impact health indicators for healthy weight and fresh food consumption.

Total Budget: $4200


Food for Friends – In collaboration with Grass Lake United Methodist Church, Food For Friends is being revived from year 1 as a needed outreach service to older adults in the service area. Using a Lunch and Learn format, monthly meals will be delivered to the Grass Lake Senior Center to provide a nutritional meal and opportunities for social engagement.

Total Budget: $1500


My Choice My Health – In collaboration with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, this education series focuses on the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes for those adults who have been identified as high risk or pre-diabetic. Weekly check-ins collect data for weight, physical activity and nutrition diaries while providing a support group to modify existing behaviors.

Total Budget: $5500


Farmers Market – Grass Lake’s dedication to local agriculture continues in year 5, as we continue our partnership with Music in the Park on the grounds of the Whistlestop Park to provide a dynamic market with live entertainment. This year we plan to complete the shelter, build the pavilion, and offer weekly market programs from 4-7pm.

Total Budget:  $20,000


Senior Activities – Joint programming with the Chelsea Senior Center has proven to be a successful partnership, and we propose a continuation of this valuable collaboration this year. Grass Lake residents age 50+ have access to many diverse programs both at the center and offsite, to enhance quality of life and promote healthy connections. The GL Senior Center is partially funded through generous donations from The Copper Nail, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital/Chelsea, Grass Lake Downtown Development Authority and the Jackson County Department on Aging.

Total Budget: $5000


Event Sponsorship – This allocation will support miscellaneous marketing and promotion activities to increase coalition and wellness event visibility.

Total Budget:  $5300


Project Safe Graduation – Grass Lake High School’s annual event to send off our graduating seniors will continue for the Class of 2017, with events to promote safe and healthy celebrations the night of graduation, and presentations to increase awareness about good decision making.

Total Budget: $1000