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Eaton County Parks Community Grant Program Awards $400,000 to Local Communities

Michigan Business Network
May 31, 2024 10:00 AM

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EATON COUNTY, MI—Three Eaton County communities will see park improvements thanks to a millage approved by voters in 2022. A portion of these millage funds is being used for a competitive grant program that supports the development and/or improvements of parks and open spaces in Eaton County.

In its second round of funding, the Eaton County Parks Community Grant Program has awarded grant funding to Oneida Charter Township ($60,000), Delta Charter Township ($150,000), and the City of Eaton Rapids ($190,000). First-round grant recipients in 2023 included Grand Ledge, Potterville, Hamlin Township, Delta Charter Township, the City of Eaton Rapids, the Village of Vermontville, Charlotte, and Olivet.   

Eaton County received 12 grant applications from nine different communities. The Grant Program Scoring Committee — made up of County Commissioners and members of the public — reviewed the applications and awarded $400,000 in grant funds to this year’s recipients. 

“We are very excited to be able to provide this funding to help improve local parks all over Eaton County,” said Terrance Augustine, Eaton County Commissioner and Parks Workgroup member. “We are proud to be able to provide some of the tax dollars, generated from our local parks millage, to support investments that are being made by municipalities and townships.  I look forward to seeing the results of these investments this year and throughout the term of the parks millage.” 

The Eaton County Parks Community Grant Program assists local communities with planning, purchasing, preliminary engineering/design, and construction costs directly related to park and open space projects located in Eaton County.

Voters passed the Eaton County Parks and Recreation Millage on November 8, 2022. Learn more at eatoncounty.org/ 206/Parks-Recreation.


Founded in 1837 as a pioneering community, Eaton County now boasts a diverse socio-economic base that includes agriculture, business, automotive, manufacturing, health care, education, and insurance. Residents enjoy all the best of rural and suburban living ideally situated near the greater Lansing region.

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